A healthy shrimp rice noodle bowl recipe full of deliciously balanced sweet and savory flavors. Lots of chopping required, but it is totally worth it!
- 1 pound extra-large shrimp, peeled and deviened
- 10 cloves of garlic, smashed
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 lime
- 10.5 oz rice vermicelli noodles
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 cup matchstick cut daikon radish
- 1 cup matchstick cut seedless cucumber
- 1 cup matchstick cut carrots
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
- 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
- 2 tbsp. chopped basil
- 2 tbsp. chopped mint
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp. dark brown sugar tightly packed
- 3–4 Thai chilis, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Fill a large pot with water. Add garlic cloves, salt, and the juice from the lime. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add shrimp. Let shrimp hang out in the hot water for 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Transfer about 2 cups of the cooking liquid to a large bowl filled with ice (you will use the remaining liquid to cook the noodles) and, using a slotted spoon, add the shrimp and garlic cloves to the ice bath.
- Place the sauce ingredients into a small pot and, stirring often, bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Return the shrimp cooking liquid to a boil. Add the rice vermicelli noodles and boil until slightly chewy and tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer noodles to a strainer and rinse with cold water until the noodles are no longer hot. Drain the noodles well.
- Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with noodles, remaining ingredients, shrimp (discard the garlic), sauce, and toss to coat.
If you can’t find thin rice vermicelli in stores, amazon does have it. [br]Also, the bag that I had weighed 10.5 oz dry. If you have a difficult time finding that size bag, I suggest using a scale to measure out the correct amount from the bag you buy, but it is okay to guesstimate the correct amount too. Using a little too much or little in the recipe won’t make a huge difference!