Thursday, March 20, 2008

Shrimp and Cabbage Lo Mein on a snowy "Spring" evening...

Even though we are under a winter storm warning through sometime tomorrow(!), I was dreaming tonight of the warm winds that are sure to blow into our area over the next few months. Tonight's dinner, Shrimp and Cabbage Lo Mein, is a dish I imagine we will certainly be enjoying on those upcoming hot summer nights.

After a little effort in the prep department, the rest of this dish actually came together pretty quickly. While we waited for the water to come to a boil, we whisked together a zesty dressing composed of soy sauce, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, sugar and crushed red pepper. As soon as long, thin "little tongues" of pasta (linguine) were added to the well-salted boiling water, shrimp and a clove of garlic are added to a hot skillet laced with canola oil. Just a couple minutes later, the shrimp have transformed from their dull grey color to an opaque and vibrant pink glow. To save on dishes, the shrimp are transferred to a plate, while a hearty dose of thinly sliced Napa cabbage and another clove of garlic are placed in the same skillet. With just a little water added to help cook the cabbage, the cabbage is tossed around until it softens just enough, yet remains bright and crisp.

The al dente pasta is drenched in the tangy soy-ginger dressing and tossed with the cabbage and cooked shrimp. Slicing the cabbage into thin strips not only helps it cook evenly, it also makes it easier to eat by mimicking the shape of the pasta. While it was quite light and refreshing warm, I have a feeling it will be just as tasty tomorrow without the need for reheating during lunch tomorrow!


  1. I love light and fresh dishes like this.

    You poor thing! It's supposed to be near 80 tomorrow here. I'll send some warm weather wishes your way!!

  2. I feel for you - I can't wait for spring either! Hope the Winter weather doesn't end up hitting you too hard.

    I've had Asian food on the brain (and the table) this week... this looks like something else I may have to try soon!

  3. Your meal does look very "springy!" Can you believe this snow?! Yesterday was the first day of spring for heavens sake! I am not enjoying our little snow makes the roads very scary! I will try to "think spring" for dinner tonight too...


  4. Shrimp and cabbage, what's not to like! Sorry about the snow. I won't tell you about the weather in San Francisco.

  5. Lori - Please, I'd love some warmth!

    Patsyk - it is suppose to warm up next week... now if it just happens!

    Courtney - Seriously! The road by our house was not even plowed until after 5pm!

    Chuck - Shh! No talking of warm sunny weather!

  6. This looks and sounds terrific! Fresh and light and delicious!