I love the bouncy texture of cellophane noodles made from mung bean flour, and their translucent appearance adds to the appeal. And I like the versatility of it's bland taste as it takes in the flavors of the sauce or soup very well. Made this flavorful stir-fry recipe that I adapted from Fine Cooking.
To cook the cellophane noodles, boil a pot of water and remove from heat. Drop in a bundle (about 3-4 oz) of cellophane noodles and let sit for 3-4 mins til it's just softened. Drain and rinse well in running water. Add 1 tbs of vegetable oil, toss and set aside in a colander to continue draining.
In a small bowl mix
3 Tbs soy sauce
1 1/2 tbs sesame oil
1 1/2 rice vinegar
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 - 3/4 lb flank steak, partially frozen for 20 mins, and sliced thinly across the grain. Season beef with salt and pepper.Heat 2 Tbs of sesame oil in a non-stick skillet over med. heat til hot. Add 1-2 tsp minced garlic and stir fry for 1 min. Careful that you don't burn the garlic. Add sliced flank steak, and stir-fry quickly til it's no longer raw, about 1 min. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add shallots and vegetables to pan and stir-fry for 2-3 mins til vegetables are softened. Add beef and noodles to skillet and mix the ingredients together. Add soy sauce mixture and stir-fry til everything is coated, about 2-3 mins. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately.
Note: This is very good, especially if you want to turn up the heat and add some thinly sliced thai bird's eye chilli.... Wooohoooo! There also another cellophane noodle recipe here.
I also want to thank Padma's Kitchen for sending this award my way, although I don't know if I am that good at schmoozer, especially if you ask my family as they think I'm a tyrant. But I will gladly accept it and keep it. Just kidding! I'll share, of course. To be fair to all the bloggers that are linked here, I will be passing this award to the following friendly bloggers whose names were the first 6 picked out by four little helpful hands:
Beau Lotus/East Meets West
Cris/From our home to yours
Little Corner of Mine
The reason there were six picks was because the kids had to have 3 picks each. And they continued picking til all the names on the sticks were gone, so that just proved that you are ALL schmoozers! YAY! Hooray! Happy Day!