Inspired by all the Chinese New Year recipes this past week, I really wanted something hot and spicy with lots of noodles. I pulled an older cook book off the shelf, Lemongrass and Lime, by Mark Read, 2001. The Beef Hot Pot recipe is the inspiration for our big bowl of hot steamy noodles with lots of veggies, beef and shrimp. I used the new Thai Ginger Broth from Swanson’s. I was a little leery when I saw it and actually bought beef stock too, just in case it was not what I hoped it would be. I have to say – it’s a winner and will become a pantry staple at our house.
For the Hot Pot* with Beef and Shrimp
1 pound top sirloin steak, sliced thin in strips
1/2 pound of large prawns, cooked, peeled, deveined and tails removed
6 bunches baby bok choy, sliced
2 red Fresno chills, sliced – seeds and veins removed (you could use jalapenos if you want it hotter)
2 large shallots, sliced thin
3 stalks celery, sliced including the leaves
3/4 pound Shitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 pound snow peas, ends removed and sliced diagonally
1 big handful of mung bean sprouts
3-4 Tablespoons fish sauce, depending on your desired taste
2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
3-4 packages of fresh Udon Noodles, or any other noodle you like: Soba, Rice Stick; cooked, rinsed and set aside
1 quart of stock, beef or Thai Ginger Broth
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped – for garnish
6-8 green onions, sliced on the diagonal, for garnish
Prep the steak, shrimp and veggies as listed. To make slicing the steak easier, pop it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Once all your ingredients are prepped, bring the broth to a boil in a large pan or wok, that you have a lid for.
Add the shallots and chilies, fish stock and oyster sauce, simmer for about 5 minutes, add the celery, mushroom and snow peas, cover and simmer about 4 minutes. Make sure the broth is simmering, add the noodles. Simmer about 3 minutes, covered. Add the steak, stir to combine simmer about 3 minutes. Add the bok choy and bean sprouts. Cover and simmer about 3 more minutes. Lastly, add the shrimp, cover simmer 2-3 more minutes until the shrimp are hot.
Serve in big soup bowls, garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced green onions. I really liked this cooking method. No stir frying in hot oil! You could vary the ingredients to suit your taste – vegetables, tofu….the possible combinations are endless.
*Hot pot, less commonly steamboat, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. Vegetables, fish and meat should be fresh. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter. Wikipedia.