I love noodles so when I saw Cooking with Amy's IMBB's announcement, I was ecstatic. However with the Chinese New Year celebrations falling on the same weekend, I knew I had little time to produce an extensive noodley menu since I would have one million last minute things to complete before the festive season starts.
I decided then to incorporate part of my IMBB entry into the mini reunion dinner I had with Splashie Boy on Chinese New Year eve. (My family is rarely ever in town during Chinese New Year and we always have reunion dinner in advance i.e. last Saturday) Since Chinese New Year is all about the little luxuries you have once a year, we decided abalone was the way to go since it meant "Pao Yue" in Cantonese which means guaranteed abundance. It must have worked because after buying our can of abalone last weekend, we received a gift of two more abalone cans from my sister. Now I really have an abundance of abalone at home.
I reproduced Jimmy Chok's Cold Marinated Angelhair Pasta with Abalone from his Simple cookbook. Believe me, Jimmy Chok's recipes are just as simple as the title of his cookbook. Not only are they easy to make, they are stunning to look at too. The original recipe uses daikon cress and tobiko but I have improvised it to suit what we have in the local markets. Daikon cress is replaced with alfafa sprouts while ebiko was used instead since tobiko is difficult to obtain. Although the recipe asks for Australian abalone which is the top grade variety, I have used New Zealand's abalone instead which is slightly cheaper.
How was the taste? Excellent! Splashie Boy loved it that he had seconds and I was surprised how nice the combination was after I mixed it as everything went well together. Give it a try and serve it in martini glasses as it will definitely wow your guests!
Cold Marinated Angelhair Pasta with Abalone (Serves One)
100 grams angelhair pasta, cooked in salted water
10 ml canola oil
10 grams Japanese mayonnaise
20 ml mirin
Salt to taste
Black ground pepper to taste
20 grams tobiko
80 grams abalone, thinly sliced
Chopped spring onion
Marinate cooked angelhair pasta with mirin, canola oil and Japanese mayonnaise. Do this preferably one day in advance so the flavours will be fully absorbed. Season the pasta with salt and pepper to taste when ready to serve. Mix the tobiko and arrange on plate with sliced abalone. Garnish with spring onion and daikon cress to serve.
Tagged with: IMBB # 22 + Noodle
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