Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jamie Oliver's "Asian Style Salmon Noodle Broth"



For my birthday gift last year, a few friends pool together and bought me Jamie Oliver's 30 minutes Meals Cookbook. They know, I am a fan of Jamie Oliver's no fuss, quick and easy cooking. I am also aware of previous reviews on the book states that these meals do not take 30 minutes but can take more than 1 hr to prepare.

I love cookbooks. I adore them. I"m addicted to them. I like flicking pages, visualizing how I can make a dish, brainstorming meal ideas- but I rarely use the recipes as it is. I dare say that the only recipes that I follow to the tee would be baking recipes. For most cooking recipes, unless it is something that I have absolute no idea what it looks or tastes like, there would be same changes. Usually, it's due to practical reasons- like it is more expensive to purchase limes than lemons in Perth. Sometimes, it's personal taste- I cannot justify putting 1/2 cup of sugar in a cooking dish or 3 tsp of salt in any dish for that matter (Unless it's a brine and I can rinse it off). Otherwise, I view recipes as a playground really. A guide for me to start cooking something AND to minimise kitchen disasters.

At first, this cookbook makes my head spin. You see, it's a book of meal planners. Hence it's not your typical one dish per page cookbook. Jamie (oooo..should i be on first name basis with this awesome chef now?) presents 3 recipes per menu and guides us through how to multitask in preparing all 3 dishes at once. Therefore, even if you just want to make one dish out of 3, you still have to read through the whole menu planner. Unless of course, you want to make all 3 dishes.


In our household, we rarely have 3 courses. It's one, and perhaps some fruits or ice-cream for dessert. Nothing fancy just quiet simple food. Other than the slight inconvenience of needing to read the whole planner, it's actually quite good.

I picked this noodle broth to try first. At first, I'm sceptical of its ginger/chili garlic paste. I did a taste test after blizing it in the food processor and to me, it was slightly weird. However, when paired with salmon and the soup, it matched really well!

How long did it take me to prepare one dish?

Funny you asked. In estimation, 30 minutes.

But it doesn't matter at the end of the day does it? It's good food that matters.  ;)

Asian Style Salmon Noodle Broth (serves 2-3)
2 cm piece of fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic
1 fresh red chili
1/2 small red onion
1 tablespoon of soy
1 huge lime

2 pieces of salmon fillets
180 grams of egg noodles
1 cup of snow peas
2 cups of bean sprouts
few sprigs of spring onion chopped
1 red chili sliced
chinese five spice
1 ltre of vegetable stock

Garnish
Spring onion sliced left overs
quarter of lime.



Blitz ginger, garlic, red onion and chili in food processor. Squeeze in lime. In an oven proof dish, place mixture at the bottom of dish. Place fish on top of mixture. Rub some five spice powder on it. Cook in oven preheated 180C for around 20 mins or so.

Meanwhile, boil vegetable stock. Add chili and soy sauce when it begin to boil. Taste test. Add all vegetables and finally noodles. Spoon noodle broth into bowls. Top it with salmon and spring onion. Squeeze lime juice over it. 


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16 comments:

Joanne said...

I love a good salmon dish and this sounds absolutely delicious! I rarely plan three courses either so I would just make each course a separate meal!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks and sounds good. Anything healthy is a plus in my book. ;)

The Sudden Cook said...

I love recipe books too! Nothing can beat sitting down, zoning out the entire world and just turning over pages and pages of recipes. The dish looks very very healthy!

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

I'm really glad you tried! I've always been skeptical about Jamie's Asian-style recipes :P And with your vote of confidence, I won't shy away the next time I flip through his cookbooks :)

Little Inbox said...

Too bad, I don't take Salmon. :(

daphne said...

Joanne-i'm glad u feel the same way!

Ching- exactly!

Sudden Cook- me too! a great way to relax.

Min- I'm the same! But most of his asian inspired recipes are quite good. Just dont take it as "asian" lol

little inbox- what a pity! it's my favourite fish.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

lovely and comforting! i love dishes like this but too bad these days i hardly have any chance to cook noodles. boohoo

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I am liking the noodle broth idea with the salmon. A different take on how to eat salmon and I love it. So inviting and flavorful.

tigerfish said...

I only try to do 3 courses at most once a week as it is too time-consuming. Other days will be one-dish pasta or one-dish noodle soups or one-dish stir-fry noodle.

This salmon noodle soup is indeed complete. :)

lena said...

i love noodles in broth, i have this like few times a week if ic an but i dont cook them, i have this outside with the addition of MSG of course!but i never had it with salmon before. even though it;s coming from a western chef, this sounds delicious!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Your bowl of salmon noodles look so yummy and comfort. Glad to know you are going to celebrate your 2 years wedding anniversary.

Victor said...

This is my kind of soup noodles dishes, we always make it when I don't have any inspirations of what to cook!

babe_kl said...

nothing beats a bowl of comforting soup noodles ;-)

daphne said...

Rita- that's because u r always so close to good food ;)

jessica- thanks dearie!

tigerfish- exactly.. it's difficult to make so many dishes all the time.

lena- i do miss my ban mee, wantan mee, fish slice noodle soup in singapore!! but yes, i have to make do with my "western"version. LOL

sonia- oooo, u noticed! How observant are u!! thanks sonia!

victor- yes! me too. esp with fish cakes.

babe_Kl- i agree!

The Experimental Cook said...

I like your cooking instructions ; straight to the point and easy to follow.

daphne said...

oh Thanks! Experimental cook!

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