My take on Nime Chow
This months Paper Chef didn’t really make my mouth water. The ingredients were, quinoa, rice paper, tomatoes and yoghurt.First of all I am not a big fan of quinoa. Actually the first time I used it was also for Paper Chef. However, the challenge is not in doing what you usually do. So I give my applause to this months judge and last times winner for his choices of ingredients.
Rice paper have I only so far used for the delicious raw spring rolls nime chow. I guess I am not the only one that will make a version of these.
1 dl quinoa
2 dl water
a dash of sesame oil
a somewhat bigger splash of fish sauce
lime juice to balance it out
fresh mint & coriander
black sesame seeds
I boiled the quinoa in unsalted water since I wanted the salt to come from the fish sauce.
Yesterday I passed by a new food shop here i Amsterdam where they sell locally produces veggies and stuff, there I found a mix of tomatoes the lend themselves perfectly to my dish. The orange ones where very sweet and the green ones were slightly citric.The green one you see on the pic, looks like cucumber though.
Anyway mix the cooked quinoa with fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and the diced tomatoes. Be careful. The sesame oil can make it bitter if you use too much, and quinoa already has a bit of bitterness itself. Fish sauce is very salty so drip it in and taste as you go. Then add a lot of the fresh herbs and some finely chopped chilli to your taste. I like my food spicy so I put a lot in there, and as usual forgot to wash my fingers…….. my eye hurts.
Now for the little shrimp package on top.
I like my seafood so in order to get as much as possible in there I chopped the shrimp coarsely and added a little fresh mint with them. Then sprinkled the little pack with black sesame seeds. Not so much for the taste as for the looks. Rice paper is about as attractive as Michael Jackson.
Now there is only one thing left. The yoghurt. I decided to use the yoghurt as a fresh sauce. The only thing I did was add a little lime juice, salt and fresh chilli.
What is my own verdict?
I liked it and ate most of it before I was ready putting it together. But no, I would not make it again due to the quinoa. It just is not my thing. However, the lite packages looked fun, are easy to make and could be filled with about anything. So I think rice paper in mini versions will end up on a plate again.