Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Grocery Adventures


While enjoying some delicious Thai food at a local restaurant a few weeks ago, my date and I were discussing whether we could make similar food at home for a lot cheaper. He had recently visited the Asian grocery store in the city, and thought they'd probably have the noodles there, so we went on a little adventure.

This place was noodles galore!! They had noodles made out of all kinds of fun things! The kind we were looking for, that they used at the restaurant, are made out of mung bean.  Of course, I couldn't JUST buy the mung bean noodles. There are so many kinds I want to try!
 

Since I was doing the Whole30 at the time, we chose these "purple sweet potato" noodles. The only ingredient is "purple sweet potatoes", so they are Whole30 compliant! We also picked up some red curry paste because I was out.

We picked up a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, some chicken, lemongrass paste, and coconut milk at the grocery store on our way home and planned some cooking the next night!
I basically just sauteed all of that stuff together and served it over the sweet potato noodles. The verdict was -- GOOD. I think next time I'd add a tablespoon or so of soy sauce. I didn't add any salt at all to the dish, and it needed a little bit. The noodles...well...they were alright. I'd eat them again, but they weren't fabulous. They were a little slimy. Not a favorite, but definitely a fun experiment!

 
On Valentine's Day, the guy cooked up another stir fry to top the mung bean noodles with. These noodles were so much better than the purple ones! I'd definitely use these again. For this stir fry, he did a seafood mix (mussels, clams, shrimp, etc) with another bag of stir fry veggies, some red curry paste, a little coconut milk, and some other spices. This was yummy too! 

If you have any kind of ethnic market in your area, you should check it out! It was definitely a fun adventure. We had a great time looking at all of the different things they had and coming up with something to cook together. Grocery store adventures make great date nights!

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