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Pan-Seared Sichuan Shrimp with Mung Bean Noodles

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 6 ounces dried mung bean noodles or vermicelli
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 large scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile oil


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. In a large bowl, cover the mung bean noodles with warm water and let stand until pliable, about 5 minutes. Drain the noodles and cut them into 4-inch lengths. Boil the noodles until tender but still chewy, about 25 seconds. Drain and return the noodles to the pot. Rinse twice under cold water and drain; let stand in the colander.
  2. Season the shrimp with salt, white pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the Sichuan peppercorns. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until pink on the outside and white within, about 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering. Stir in the scallions and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the mung bean noodles, soy sauce, vinegar, chile oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorns and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and season with salt and white pepper. Transfer to shallow bowls and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

This spicy noodle dish is terrific with a glass of Orval. The Trappist ale, Sang Yoon says, has an unusually light candied-orange flavor that's delicious with the citrusy Sichuan peppercorns flavoring the plump shrimp.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published February 2010

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