Dim Sum Guide: Shrimp Rice Noodle

 Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 6:06 am  Food & Cooking  Add comments
Mar 262012
 
Shrimp Noodle
Shrimp rice noodle rolls

Shrimp rice noodle rolls

Love shrimp? How about rice noodles? Well, you will absolutely enjoy the classic dim sum dish shrimp rice noodle (har cheung fun). If I had to pick one dim sum dish as the standard by which to compare dim sum restaurants, this would be it! If a restaurant can prepare shrimp noodles just right, they can pretty much slam dunk all the other dim sum dishes.This is one of my all time favorites and can even win over finicky kid palates.

This is a relative simple dish–steamed shrimp wrapped in wide rice noodles drenched with sweetened soy sauce–but very difficult to get the texture and the sweetness of the sauce exactly right. The shrimp should be large and firm to the bite and should not have any aftertaste.

Shrimp rice noodle with sweetened soy sauce

Shrimp rice noodle with sweetened soy sauce

Make sure the dish is not sitting in the dim sum cart already smothered in sauce. This would make the noodle a little too mushy. The sauce should be applied right when you order it. Once in a while, I’ll find that the shrimp has a slightly off-taste suggesting they used less than fresh shrimp.

Shrimp noodle, like any dish made with rice noodles, is not suitable for refrigeration as the noodles lose their soft succulent texture very quickly. Devour them as soon as they are served!

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