Hot Spicy Shrimp With Cool Cucumber Salad
Note: From “Around the World in 120 Salads,” by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi.
• 3/4 lb. raw large shrimp, shelled
• Juice of 2 limes
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 10 oz. rice noodles, optional
• About 1/3 English cucumber, peeled and cut into ribbons with a peeler or spiralized
• 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/2-in.-wide strips
• Handful of cilantro leaves, tough stems removed
• 3 tbsp. butter
• 3 tbsp. olive oil
• 1/4 c. finely grated fresh ginger
• 1/2 to 1 red chile, according to taste, finely chopped
• 5 fat garlic cloves, finely grated or chopped
If there are visible black veins down the back of the shrimp, make a shallow cut down their outer curves, using a sharp knife, and clean them out. Discard. If there is nothing visible, leave shrimp intact. Put shrimp in bowl with lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and let marinate for 10 minutes.
If using noodles, cook them according to package directions. Rinse under cold water until cool to the touch, drain thoroughly and put into a bowl.
Put the cucumber, bell pepper and cilantro into a large mixing bowl.
Heat butter and oil in medium saucepan and when hot add the ginger, chile and garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes or until you can smell the flavors. Add shrimp and cook until pink, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove shrimp with slotted spoon and set aside in a warm bowl.
Now add the noodles into the pan with the buttery sauce and stir to coat them. Pour these into the bowl with the cucumber and add the shrimp. Toss salad with tongs and transfer to large warm platter. Serve immediately.