|½ pounds||Dried flat rice noodles, 1/8 inch thick (sen lek)|
|¼ cup||Light-brown sugar|
|3 tablespoons||White vinegar|
|3 tablespoons||Fish sauce (nampla)|
|1 tablespoon||Tamarind paste mixed with 1 T water, or 2 T molasses|
|¼ teaspoon||Coarsely ground dried red chiles, or to taste|
|1 tablespoon||Dried shrimp, minced|
|2 tablespoons||Canola or other vegetable oil|
|2 larges||Cloves garlic, peeled and minced|
|2 teaspoons||Salt, or to taste|
|¼ pounds||String beans, trimmed and thinly sliced lengthwise|
|¼ pounds||Sugar-snap peas, cut in half|
|12 mediums||Shrimp (about 1/2 lb), peeled and deveined|
|1 cup||Bean sprouts|
|3||Scallions (green parts only), very thinly sliced on the diagonal|
|1 tablespoon||Roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped, for garnish|
|1||Lime, quartered lengthwise, for garnish|
|Coriander sprigs, for garnish|
1. Soak noodles in warm water for 20 minutes, or until softened; drain well. Meanwhile, combine ¼ C water, sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, tamarind mixture, and dried chiles in a small saucepan. Simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add dried shrimp, and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Stir in sugar mixture and reduce heat to lowest possible setting. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Salt water, add string beans, and cook for 1½ minutes. Add sugar-snap peas and continue cooking for 30 seconds.
Drain and set aside.
3. In another large nonstick skillet, cook shrimp over mediuzn-high heat, 3 minutes per side. Meanwhile, add noodles, a quarter of the bean sprouts, and half the scallions to the shallot mixture. Raise heat to high and boil, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add shrimp, string beans, and sugar-snap peas, and stir for 1 minute more. Turn out noodles onto a platter, sprinkle with peanuts and remaining scallions, and arrange lime quarters, coriander sprigs, and remaining bean sprouts beside them.
Martha Stewart Living/Sept./94 Put together by Di Pahl & <gg> Submitted By MICHAEL ORCHEKOWSKI On 11-07-94
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