Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Last Weekend

Thai Noodle Salad. Photo by Equalizer

Kuwaiti summers are usually very hot and unpleasant, but just at the beggining and ends we get periods of climatic bliss. Just perfect. A period where everything is just right. You can swim endlessly without having to suffer in a soup temperature conditions halting you to a complete dizzying stop. Perfect water temperatures, lots of sunshine, and cool starry nights. That is how I like my weekends. Having sad that, it is better to realize that it is short lived and that in a few weeks, you wont be able to swim. That is where it hits you that you have to wait another 9 months. Hello summer blues.
The best thing to do is to try to make the best of it. I just had to cook, just to get it out of my system. I needed good food quick. Being time-pressed, I came u with two completely different dishes that had no logic to the combination. I was looking for a flavor kick. I made Thai Noodle Salad (above) and Smoked Duck Fresh Pasta Di Campagna (Below).

Thai Noodle Salad


1 package rice vermicilli noodle
3 bunchs cilantro
1 large white onion thinly sliced halves
3 thai red chillis thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped white nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds)
3 tbs sesame seeds


1/4 cup roasted sesame oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbs fish sauce
3 tbs light soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt


Soak noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes or until soft. Drain and cool. Tear cilantro bunch into quarter. Discard lower stems. Mix dressing together. Combine all ingredients together in a salad bowl and serve. Sprinkle more nuts and sesame for presentation.

Fresh Pasta di Campagna with Smoked Duck & Cherry Tomatoes. Photo by Equalizer

Fresh Pasta di Campagna with Smoked Duck & Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta Dough:

1 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Water
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt

Method: Mix well and knead until soft. Let to rest in damp area for 1 hour. Cut dough in 4 peices. Flaten peices with hand and cut long 1 cm thick strips. Roll strips with hand to round the edges. Cut strips again to make 4 cm long pecies. Hold peice with 3 fingers, press down and pull towards you. The peice will curl, creating the pasta shape. dust with flour to keep seperate and keep aside.

Pasta Sauce


200 grams smoked duck breast slices
2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
4 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 bunch chopped fresh basil
2 tbs pinenuts
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt


Heat oil in pan. Add chopped duck slices, pinenuts and garlic. Sautee until duck breast is browned and duck fat released. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat until soft and water reduced. Add salt and fresh basil and stir for another minute.

Final Prep

Cook fresh pasta in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Drain without rinsing. Mix with sauce in a seperate bowl. Serve in individual plates. Add shaved parmesan cheese and drizzle with truffle oil.


Blogger let them eat cake! said...

The salad looks sensational, im a huge fan of thai beef salad, extra lemon grass and pepper, roll it in large lettuce leaves and eat

9/23/2006 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger D said...

o b3dain wiyak

9/23/2006 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger iDip said...

you missed the music part ;)
آخر ايام الصيفية

Chillis won't make the fasting easier, but if you insist I recommend the Thai Beef Salad.

& Happy Ramadhan.

I didn't read the post at daytime, hell! it would've ruin me.

9/23/2006 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger Erzulie said...

kilish moo wagta!

you know, your blog makes me salivate!

9/23/2006 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger Fuzzy said...

just in time for ramadan :)

i just think the fish sauce in the salad is too much, perhaps oyster sauce would be suite my taste buds better :)

Mubarak 3alaik el shahar

9/24/2006 12:54:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

LTEC: Yeah I love Thai beef salad too! The crunch! but lemongrass is not really edible, its a flavoring agent.

d: I can't resist ;)

iDip: Yeah can't go without music! There are many version to the Thai Beef Salad and it does have chillis too. 3alaina oo 3alaik. And yeah, keep off food blogs during the day :)

Erzulie: So should I skip recipes for this month? :p

Fuzzy: Don't get put off by the name fish sauce (nam pla), once mixed with the rest it gives a very nice thai flavor. Oyster sauce is more of a cooking sauce, so I would't recommend it. O 3alaina oo 3alaik :)

9/24/2006 01:33:00 AM  
Blogger Erzulie said...

No don't skip recipes, just make them real for us i.e. su7oor is on you! :P

I'm not home this year, but next year, the pressure is on :P~

9/24/2006 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mbarak 3alaik el shahar and I hope you will be very active posting this month! Your posts lasts year were quite memorable :)

9/24/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Intlxpatr said...

Gotta try that Thai salad - it looks fabulous. Where do you find smoked duck in Kuwait?

9/24/2006 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Rimyoleta said...

oh! I wanna Come to Kuwait..not only for the hot guys!
But to........ ummmm,,
No just for the hot guys:P
kidding,,No for what you guys have there..great ppl:)
Amazing dish :)

9/24/2006 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Erzulie: That is quite a wait ;)

Jewaira: 3alaina oo 3alaich. Well this year I hope to do some New Wave Kuwaiti Dishes, Like braised lamb gaboo6.

intlxpatr: Easy on the chilli for yout own sake! you can find it at Sultan Center.

Rimyoleta: One day you can taste it ;) and I can say the same about your ppl too ;)

9/25/2006 01:04:00 AM  

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