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Author Notes: My mother's go-to picnic dish is the sesame noodle recipe from Martha Stewart's Entertaining (the original edition, obviously, featuring many 80s hairstyles), and for good reason: it's tasty, simple, cheap, and easily doubled or tripled or quintupled. This version tweaks the original and adds spicy pickled shrimp and vegetables to sharpen the flavor and provide some heft. Bonus: it gets better as it sits. - MeghanVK —MeghanVK
Food52 Review: MeghanVK’s Sesame Noodles with Spicy Pickled Shrimp is a tasty dish. There’s a lovely combination of spices and the noodles alone are really delicious. I found the onion overpowered the rest of the elements and so another time I’d marinate the yellow onion for 24 hours or use a red or maybe even a sweet onion. And as this recipe is made ahead, it leaves you time to prep other more last-minute dishes just before you set off for the picnic. - thehappycook —thehappycook
For the Noodles
- 1 pound linguine
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- toasted sesame oil, for drizzling
- 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage
- 1 scallion, sliced (white and green parts)
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
For the Pickled Shrimp
- 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and cleaned
- 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut in half
- 1 teaspoon each of whole fenugreek, fennel seed, coriander seed, black peppercorns, and cloves
- 1/2 cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed
- 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 onion, thinly sliced into half moons
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Dish
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