On the slurping noises – Sweet chilli seafood ramen

Last Sunday, I finished working at six. Now depending on where your heart belongs, you might think: version one ‘What the heck where you doing at work on a Sunday?’ or version two ‘Lucky monkey*! Sunday was a busy night and I didn’t finish until one am.’

Empty fridge and all, I was planning on feeding myself with what had been the du jour menu at my house for the past weeks. Pan-fried gnocchi – that my very own private-chef made when we had a slumber party and that were since stashed in the freezer – with an amount of garlic only a French girl** could take.

It’s delicious. And you should try.

But somehow, on my way home, I read Kim’s words on why instant ramen matters. And before I knew it, I was waiting in line at Waitrose for what seemed an eternity, with the added pressure of dropping a bottle of sweet chilli sauce on a floor that is so neat and shiny it would make anyone squint. Not that this happened.

Talk about a fun way to spend an evening off!

But then, I heard sesame oil sizzle. And I smelled garlic and chilli. And I tasted. Without even burning my tongue.

A bowl of soup and lovely skype session – made of slurping noises and hmmmm – later, I knew this soup would become the new garlic gnocchi; which happened to be the new pizza sandwich.

And because I realise an illustration might not be enough to get you to your kitchen, please let’s take a minute to bless my flatmate and his tripod, without which the photographic scene you’re about to see would have been impossible***.

Sweet chilli seafood ramen

When it comes to cooking, I can’t bring myself to weighing ingredients. It might be the fact that of the seventeen hours at the restaurant, at least three of them are spent on front of scales. Or maybe, it’s simply that to me it’s more about the taste-right feeling than the grams.

I hope you feel this way too, because this soup is seriously comforting. And perfect for this time of the year when you’re not sure whether winter is over or not.

Sweet chilli seafood ramen

Makes a very large bowl of soup.

Heat a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil in a large pan. Add a handful of scallops and prawns. While they caramelise, chop a chilli pepper and a couple of spring onions. Throw them along with the seafood. Grate a fat piece of ginger, the zest of one lime and a few garlic cloves over the pan and give it a good shake. Deglaze with half a litre of water and bring to the boil. Add a nice dose of sweet chilli sauce, a dash of soy sauce and a drizzle of fish sauce. Mix in a handful of fresh peas, spinach and rice noodles. Top with torn coriander leaves. Eat from a large bowl. And please, do make slurping noises and hmmmm.

* edited for smooth reading. The original word being less than formal.
** not that I aim to convey the fact that French guys are on the weak side.
*** both literally and figuratively. Beauty to my eyes, and yet not the most appetising picture.

8 thoughts on “On the slurping noises – Sweet chilli seafood ramen

  • A. March 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Fanny this one made me laugh. I can’t wait to try this soup at home. It was very foggy here today and a ramen feels Luke the perfect option. I will report!

  • christelle is flabbergasting March 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Une de mes soupes favorites ! (avec la soupe tom kai Thaïlandaise)
    J’ai beaucoup aimé ton “tribute” femmes Françaises/ ail. ;)

  • cathy March 25, 2011 at 11:14 am

    i’m with you on weighing ingredients. it just isn’t the same when you aren’t making pastries. glad you enjoyed your night off!

  • Aïda March 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Tout d’abord, j’ADORE vraiment ce nouveau fond!

  • Frances March 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Pretty! But it looks like a picnic – sharp green grass, bright light. A trick? Mais vive le printemps en tout cas!

  • Aurel March 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Hi! Je lis ce blog depuis peu temps et en apprécie l’équilibre cuisine/pensées poétiques , pourrais je connaitre le nom du restaurant où vous trouvez cette inspiration ;-) thanks !

  • Monique March 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Fanny for you blog. Love to hear about your adventures.
    Since you love French food I thought you might be interested in an amazing culinary tour to France throughout the Loire Valley.
    There is one coming up in June, it truly is an incredible tour.

  • ThomNam April 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Bravo pour les photos et les dessins, tous de très bonne qualité ! Ca donne envie !

    Aaaah merci! x

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