Shrimp ravioli with green curry sauce

Shrimp ravioli with green curry sauce

I had some leftover wonton wrappers from making potstickers last week. Kind of sick of making traditional ravioli with a cheese or butternut squash filling, I found this recipe that gave an Asian twist on a ravioli dish. Man, the green curry sauce that serves as a sauce over the ravioli, is SPICY. I might have thrown in a Thai chili pepper in there that I had leftover, but still, it was hot. So if you’re not up for that, I’d go for less rather than more jalapeno as listed in the recipe. This also becomes more affordable because I found shrimp on sale for $8/pound at Harris Teeter.

This is a nice spring dish, that is spicy and light. I served it with a dryer California Riesling, which worked well. I think a nice Belgian white beer would work as well.

Budget: $16 for 4, $4 a serving.

Recipe details after the jump.

A regular feature in which I cook cheap, gourmet dishes.

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DC Noodles

DC Noodles

I ordered delivery from DC Noodles last night, partially because I had nothing in the fridge and partially because I wanted to try out the food after seeing it had recently opened. My companion and I ordered crispy chicken wontons to start, and then drunken noodles and noodles in spicy soup. The wontons were good, if not a little strange looking. The drunken noodles had a nice amount of heat and were a good version of the classic Thai dish. The noodles in spicy soup were tasty, the broth had a lot of complex flavors going on, but at least to my taste it wasn’t particularly spicy. The servings were plentiful and I now have leftovers of the drunken noodles and noodles in spicy soup in the fridge. Delivery was relatively fast for 8 on a Friday night, a little more than 30 minutes. I was going to take pictures of the food, but it really wasn’t very pretty in its takeout containers, I imagine when they’re served in the restaurant the dishes are much more pleasing to the eye.

So, overall, a thumbs up, though the heat level wasn’t that high for the “spicy” noodles.

DC Noodles

DC Noodles

This seems to have slipped under everyone’s radar: apparently in late January Simply Home closed, and reopened in early February as DC Noodles. I was walking by there today, and while the “Simply Home” banner is still hanging, the sign on the door informed me that the restaurant is now “DC Noodles.” It isĀ  pretty clear the space has been reimagined yet the original owners (and probably chef and wait staff) remain.

I don’t like the new name, it’s kind of boring and nondescript. But it has a few favorable reviews from Chowhound and Yelp readers. I liked Simply Home’s cuisine, it was good, but not great Thai, better than Sala Thai in my opinion at least. I guess time will tell if DC Noodles will be better or worse than Simply Home.

Also, the home goods store that had been closing for a while (seems like they had an “all crap must go” sign up for a year) has reopened as DC Stem, a store that sells home furnishings, jewelry, clothes, and more. OK, why do both of the places have “DC” in front of them? I’m not really a fan of that.

DC Noodles, not suprisingly, is focused around noodles. Menu pictures (partial, apologies) after the jump. (more…)