A Cold Banna Shrimp and Noodle Dish is Perfect for Hot Weather

Just because summer is almost over doesn’t mean that it still isn’t hot as hell outside. The thought of spending a long time in front of a heat-spewing cooking element is not yet appealing (though, we will heartily welcome it come December when it never seems the heat in our apartments actually works).

Instead, we still want to spend time outside, drinking beer and generally enjoying life. With great beer comes great responsibility to eat, though, so if you’re planning on doing the whole day-drinking thing, it’s good to be prepared.

That’s when we came across this shrimp and noodle dish served cold. While it does take some cooking, you’ll only be spending about 20 minutes prepping, which can easily be done before the heat of the day starts, leaving you plenty of time to do the above.

This recipe comes to us from chef Simone Tong of Little Tong in New York City. The restaurant specializes in dishes with mixian noodles, a type of rice noodle that hails from the Yunnan province in China. The noodles are unique due to a fermentation process that happens during the production.

(Note: 1 gram is equal to .03 oz, making 10 g equal to .35 oz, so you’ll just need to multiply from there.)

Banna Shrimp Recipe

Banna Shrimp Cold Noodle Recipe Little Tong
Little Tong

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp*
  • 1 cup banna sauce**
  • 2 tbsp green herb sauce***
  • 1 tsp pickled Serrano peppers
  • Rice noodles****
  • Handful of fried shallots
  • Mint leaves
  • Pinch of smoked salt

Method:

  1. To plate, place rice noodles in a bowl.
  2. Add in shrimp, 1 cup of banna sauce, 2 tablespoons of green herb sauce, a sprinkle of fried shallots, several mint leaves, a teaspoon of pickled Serrano peppers, and a pinch of smoked salt.

Shrimp*

Ingredients:

  • 65 g (around 2.3 oz) shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • Lemon zest
  • Lime zest

Method:

  1. Place in 5 percent salt brine for 5 minutes.
  2. Boil water and drop shrimp in for 1 minute until just cooked.
  3. Dress shrimp with lime and lemon zest.

Banna Sauce**

(Yields 20 portions)

Ingredients:

  • 3 whole Spanish onions, diced large
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4000 g water
  • 500 g lemongrass
  • 430 g smoked tomato paste (smoked with alder wood chips)
  • 100 g crab paste
  • 100 g garlic oil (house made)
  • 70 g fresh ginger
  • 50 g garlic
  • 30 g fish sauce (Red Boat brand preferred)
  • 30 g salt
  • 20 g sugar
  • 5 g bonito flake

Method:

  1. Warm oil in pan.
  2. Sauté all ingredients (except water) till fragrant.
  3. Add seasoning (salt and sugar),and keep stirring to prevent burning.
  4. After 10 minutes, add water, bring to boil, and reduce to simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes then blend it in blender (like a Vitaprep). Strain through a fine mesh strainer or chinois. Serve cold.

Green Herb Sauce***

Ingredients:

  • 1 13 oz can of coconut milk
  • 8 g of mint leaves
  • 8 g of Thai basil
  • 8 g of cilantro
  • 4 g of salt
  • 3 g of sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Method:

  1. Bring coconut milk to boil.
  2. Add in all the herbs and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in salt and sugar.
  4. Blend in a blender (like a Vitaprep) with lemon juice.
  5. Chill and serve cold.

Rice Noodles****

Ingredients:

  • 1 package rice noodles (mixian noodles, ideally, and fresh if possible)

Method:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Drop noodles into the water and stir for 10 seconds.
  3. Boil for 7 minutes.
  4. Strain and rinse with cold water.
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