“Only the shallow know themselves.”  Oscar Wilde

I came across this recipe and was immediately smitten because it contains shrimp, which I love, and a mystery ingredient that I never heard of.  The ingredient is sambal oelek, which spellcheck doesn’t like. Sambal oelek turns out to be an Asian chili paste.  Bonus.  This recipe sounds spicy and I like spicy foods.


12 ounces rice noodles, or pasta of your choice

24 ounces large uncooked shrimp,  peeled and cleaned

3 T sambal oelek, or other chili paste

1 T vegetable oil

1  to 2 cups cooked broccoli

red or capsicum pepper, sliced into thin strips, optional

Other optional ingredients include: peanuts, matchstick carrots, or scallions.  This is a recipe of countless, delicious options.


In a medium bowl toss the shrimp with the sambal oelek or Asian sauce of your choice.  I found an Asian hot sweet sauce that worked well.  Cover and refrigerate for and hour or two.  You’re free to go on break for this hour or two.

If using rice noodles, cook them in boiling water for about three  minutes.  If using a wheat based pasta, cook, drain, and cool.

Heat the oil in a pan and saute’ the shrimp and chili sauce for about a minute or two on each side.  Add the broccoli and the noodles, which have been drained, and toss.  Serve.


I can envision this dish with chicken and broccoli or with scallops and baby spinach.  Egg rolls on the side.  A delicious, easy dinner.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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