This is a simple noodle dish, great Chinese New Year – the shrimp in Chinese is pronounced “ha” which symbolizes happiness and laughter. You can use any type of noodles you want – from egg noodles to rice noodles to even thin spaghetti!
Noodle Stir Fry with Shrimp Recipe
6 ounces dried noodles (I used thin spaghetti noodles)
7 ounces raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, divided (or 3/4 tsp table salt)
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/4 cup snow peas, thinly sliced on diagonal
1/4 cup matchstick cut carrots
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1. Bring a stockpot of water to boil. Add 1 tsp of salt to water and cook the noodles, according to package directions. Drain. While pasta is cooking, place shrimp in a small bowl and add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the cornstarch. Mix well and let sit for 8 minutes. Rinse the shrimp well, washing off the salt and cornstarch. Pat very dry with paper towels. This step helps clean and make the shrimp more succulent.
2. In a wok or large saute pan, heat cooking oil on high until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates upon contact. Add the shrimp and fry until halfway cooked through, about 1 minute each side (you’ll add the shrimp back in at later step) Dish out the shrimp to a plate, keeping as much oil in wok as possible (you should have about 1 teaspoon of oil left and you may add an just a bit of oil into the pan if needed.)
3. In the same pan, turn heat down to medium and add the garlic. Fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds then add the snow peas and carrots. Fry for 1 minute, until the carrots and snow peas are just slightly cooked but still retain a nice crunch. Add the soy sauce and rice wine. Turn heat to high and when bubbling, add the drained noodles and the partially cooked shrimp. Toss well to combine. Let cook for 2 minutes, until shrimp is cooked all the way through.
4. Toss with sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Yields 2 auspicious servings