As I’ve mentioned before, seafood is my favorite type of meat. Maybe it’s because seafood is so expensive here is why we love it so much. My cousins who live in California apparently don’t treasure it much, but they love steak. I guess it’s the whole “grass is greener on the other side” thing.
My mom visited my aunt there in California and on the last day they went to a Thai restaurant and ordered seafood vermicelli. She has mentioned more than once what was in that dish: two prawns, a couple of scallops, and some noodles– for a whopping $13. My mom was determined to recreate it, whilst making it cheaper, but with more generous amounts of seafood. Though we don’t have scallops, we chose to use prawns that we bought in bulk.
My dad also thinks that California is pretty overrated. It’s nice there. However, he says there’s only three things that make it worthwhile: the nice weather, the food, and how easy it was to fly international there. But the traffic, the crowdedness, the over-priced everythings, the pollution overrides it.
Anyway, this dish is delicious. Prawns sitting on a bed of vermicelli bean thread, garnished with spring onions. Simple. Quick. Yummy. It took my mom just one try to make this just right. She’s just cool like that.
To make this authentic, use large prawns with shell AND head on. I know it’s not very American to do either of those, especially the head part, but that’s what gives this dish a giant seafood flavor and nice color. Just try it.
- 2 tsp of oil
- 8 prawns, shell and head on
- 2 bundles of vermicelli (bean thread)
- soy sauce
- 1 spring onion, cut into 2 inch
- Soak the vermicelli in water for about 5 minutes, about the time it takes to cook the prawns.
- In a frying pan, heat oil until wisps of smoke appear. Lay the prawns in one layer and sear on one side then the other. Cover the pan until cooked.
- Remove the prawns. Drain the vermicelli, then add to the pan, deglazing the bottom. Once it is deglazed, add back the prawns, then add soy sauce to taste turn off the heat, then add the onion.
- Serve and enjoy!