I love eating prawn vermicelli salads when I go out to Vietnamese restaurants. Making your own is actually very easy and cheaper! I like to buy ready made prawns, that is, prawns that have already been peeled and deveined themselves, if I am time poor. Otherwise super fresh prawns will do, they will just require a little more prep time to remove their shells, tails and faeces track. I love the thicker rice noodles, but you could substitute for vermicelli. As there are only 50g cooked noodles per serving, the carbs are relatively low and the meal is light. Add whatever vegetables you have on hand that can be eaten raw.
- 250g uncooked prawns, peeled, deveined & washed
- 2-3cm fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
- 2 spring onions, plus extra to serve, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 100g pad thai rice noodles (thicker than vermicelli)
- 150g green beans, trimmed and cut into small pieces
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1 lebanese cucumber or 1/2 a continental cucumber, diced
- Optional - a handful of fresh coriander leaves, washed & roughly chopped
1. Marinate the prawns with the ginger, garlic, chilli, spring onions and oil in a medium bowl. Place in the fridge until step 4.
2. Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan filled halfway with water to the boil, covered. Once boiled add the noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the noodles are tender but not mushy. Remove from the heat and drain the noodles in a colander under cold running water, separating the noodles with a fork.
3. Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and stirring to combine.
4. Heat a small to medium fry pan over medium-low heat. Once warm add the prawns and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until the garlic and ginger is cooked and the prawns are pink in colour. Remove from heat.
5. Place the cooked prawns in a large serving bowl with the cooked noodles. Add the beans, carrot, cucumber, a handful of spring onions and coriander, if using and toss well to combine. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss again.
Serves / two
Total Preparation time / max 15 minutes (longer if you need to prepare the prawns yourself)
Total Cooking time / 15 minutes