shrimp and cellophane noodles

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of cooking a recipe, and you just can’t shake that nagging feeling that you’re doing it wrong? I had that feeling while making this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Shrimp and Cellophane Noodles. The feeling hit as soon as I added the 2 cups of tomato puree. Somehow it just wasn’t jelling with my idea of Asian noodles, and I couldn’t shake the feeling even as I was eating the dish. At one point I even wondered if the 2 cups was a typo, because really, that’s much easier to swallow than the thought that I made a mistake 🙂

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19 Responses to shrimp and cellophane noodles

  1. Nana says:

    Your dish looks delicious and quite tasty, but I’m not sure what happened to this whole recipe.
    At least we all gave it a chance and that’s what counts. Have a great weekend.

  2. It seems the only ones who really liked this dish were the ones who made it their own. I agree with Nana – at least we tried!

  3. Cakelaw says:

    LOL – you are singing to a common song book this week.

  4. Yup, definitely felt “off”.

  5. Krissy says:

    Well, yours is one of the better looking trys for this recipe…so glad I decided not to stir fry and did not add the tomato ingredient…when I read through this recipe is could never get a vision of it working out…I don’t see where even one of our great cooks, including you, had what I would call success with this one.

  6. tammycirceo says:

    Well … the recipe did need tweaks! We are all in agreement about the use of the tomato puree, too! After a few minor tweaks, I’m in the “like” camp. 🙂 Maybe next week, we’ll all be a happier group!

  7. Sara says:

    Well, even if it was a bit off for you, the dish looks beautiful! I love the colors. But, yes, it was on the odd side. I’m still not sure what this dish wanted to be.

  8. betsy says:

    You definitely didn’t make a mistake, or if you did, you were in good company. This one was a big disappointment. Too bad. Thankfully, there’s always next week.

  9. Alice says:

    It looks great though and we all feel the same about the tomato it seems… but it was a nice change from the usual, heavier foods 🙂

  10. Cher says:

    Yes, I had that sinking feeling – especially as I watched my meal “sink”
    I am chalking it up to a learning experience and am taking comfort in the fact that I wasn’t the only one with an issue 🙂

  11. Rose, too bad that this recipe is not really quite worthy of a repeat performance – I think I also ended up making a totally different Noodles & Prawns dish and took a lot of liberties with Dore´s recipe (something I do not usually do).
    I guess we are all looking forward to other great recipes! Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Looks good to me! 🙂 But I’m one of the few who liked this one! Lovely plate!

  13. I thought the tomato sauce was a mistake altogether, so I didn’t even make this one. Kudos for trying it!

  14. Teresa says:

    Yours looks beautiful, but the 2 cups of puree did seem like a mistake!

  15. Elaine says:

    So many of us felt this way about this recipe. It would be nice to know for sure if it was indeed a typo.

  16. Your dish looks great! I thought I had made a mistake too. It was just a weird dish!

  17. teaandscones says:

    Definitely not a keeper. Yours looks a lot lighter than mine. Ah, well…..

  18. Well, your dish certainly looks delicious….too bad it was not a winner! I made several changes to the recipe, it was good, but not excellent! Maybe we should just pretend this week never happened!!

  19. Rose, I do not know where my comment disappeared to but it obviously did – hope you did not think I was too “busy” to comment on your posts…I had commented on the fact that I thought that two cups of tomato purée was a typo as well but be that as it may, your Shrimp & Cellophane Noodles does looks wonderful even if it did not really live up to the expectations. Well, there are so many other wonderful Asian recipes out there, no reason for a repeat performance of this one.

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