Asian food might just be one of my favorite foods to eat, and to cook. But, cooking Asian food presents a few inconveniences (for me, at least). The first is that many Asian dishes require ingredients that are not only difficult to find, but also expensive. When you live in a country that is pretty much against importation, this can be a bit of a problem. Fortunately, Buenos Aires does have its own Barrio Chino (Chinatown), so I am usually able to find most things that I need there, but of course, at a hefty price.
The second complication is that many of these Asian dishes take hours of preparation. While I don't have this free time during the week, I don't mind spending a Sunday afternoon in the kitchen because I KNOW the meal will be worth it.
This past Sunday I made Thai Chicken Curry Noodles, which actually didn't take long at all to prepare (score!). On the side, I made a Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad . I've made this salad before, but I had forgotten just how amazing it was/is! (Check out the other time I made this salad, here).
Everything was incredibly delicious, and since there were leftovers, I had something to look forward to on a Monday afternoon. ;-)
Thai Noodles, or as they have translated them here, "Rice Stick."
This "pasta" is about 3-4 times more expensive than regular pasta, but it is SO necessary.
A few observations & mental notes for the future:
-I used low-sodium soy sauce to make the Thai Chicken Curry Noodles, but next time I plan on using regular soy sauce to give it a bit more flavor.
-I like to make the Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad a few hours in advance, that way it gives the cucumbers some time to soak up the heavenly lime-jalapeño-garlic vinaigrette.