Thursday, 30 January 2014

Chinese five spice prawns with omelette pancake rolls

Chinese five spice prawns with omelette pancake rolls

We all probably have too many cooking utensils in our kitchens and yet conversely at times never the right one for our needs. The food version of having a wardrobe of clothes but nothing to wear. I go through a lot of catalogues and websites and see things which I wonder if they have really been designed as a solution to a problem that didn't really exist. I recently got sent a 'Flip & Fold Omelette Turner' from OXO UK which is part of their Good Grips range. I already have some Good Grips products which I have bought myself and use on a regular basis – vegetable peeler, garlic press and their ingeniously designed spice jar measuring spoons. In short I think they make good quality, useful products.

So do I really need an omelette turner in my life or does my faithful wooden spatula do the job sufficiently? In order to test this thoroughly I decided not to mess about with using a designated omelette pan but get the big guns out with my 12in (30cm) frying pan. As you will see from the recipe below I simply beat 3 eggs together and cook them in a pan with some heated oil in it. How did it stand up to the test? Well, as you can see from the photos the omelette was able to be turned in one go without breaking and folded easily. Success! Although this is specially designed for using with omelettes and pancakes I suspect it will also be used for general cooking purposes.

Onto the recipe...we don't do takeaways here at JibberJabber Towers but we do like a quick Chinese or Indian style dish on a Friday night. I have always used prawns in this dish but chicken would also be a good substitute. Likewise with the vegetables you can add to or leave out the spring onions and red pepper if you want to. My suggestions would be to use normal onions sliced, mushrooms, carrots or some variety of green vegetable such as green beans, mangetout or broccoli.

Serves 4

Equipment: Large frying pan measuring about 12in (30cm)

Ingredients

1 Red pepper, sliced
1 Bunch spring onions, trimmed and chopped
2 tbsp (30ml) Oil, sunflower or vegetable
3 Large eggs
3 Nests (about 200g) Dried medium egg noodles
7oz (200g) Raw King prawns
2 tbsp (30ml) Soy sauce
1tsp (5ml) Chinese five spice

Method

1. Prepare the pepper and spring onions and set aside.
2. Heat 1 tbsp (15ml) of the oil in the large frying pan.
3. Beat the eggs together, pour into the frying pan and cook until set.
4. Fold over and transfer to a plate.
5. Cook the noodles as per the packet instructions.
6. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil, 1tbsp (15ml), in the same frying pan.
7. Stir the peppers and spring onions for 1 minute and then add the prawns.
8. Continue to cook until the prawns turn pink.
9. Drain the noodles and add to the frying pan.
10. Mix together the soy sauce and the five spice and then pour into the frying pan.
11. Toss everything together. Cut the omelette roll in slices and then put on top of the noodle mixture.
12. Heat through quickly and then serve immediately. 

I was sent the Omelette Turner from OXO UK for review purposes. No payment was made for this post. The words, photographs and opinions are my own.

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