There is excellent weeknight cooking, and then there is fantastic weeknight cooking: streamlined and clever, leveraging a few magic components and a wonderful method to produce maximal flavor in small time. This week we’ve bought a fantastic illustration in J. Kenji López-Alt’s noodles, which are made with a garlic-butter sauce and a strong umami triumvirate — oyster sauce, fish sauce and soy sauce. It is a recipe from his new e-book, “The Wok,” that’s based on a dish from the San Francisco Vietnamese cafe Thanh Very long.
And we have Kay Chun’s hand rolls, for which she takes inspiration from the sweet sauce that is ordinarily used to glaze eel in Japanese cooking, and can make her personal model to glaze salmon. There is also Yewande Komolafe’s brief peanut and pumpkin soup, impressed by the long-simmered stews observed in cuisines across West Africa. I could go on.
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These noodles from J. Kenji López-Alt’s book “The Wok” are powerfully garlicky — 20 cloves of garlic are cooked in butter. It’s an fantastic supper on its have, but Kenji claims it also goes nicely with seafood.
This Yasmin Fahr recipe is minimal effort, substantial reward: chicken thighs are simmered in a tomato sauce that will get some heat from harissa paste. (The feta gives you a awesome creamy, contrasting tang.) You could use tomato paste as an alternative of harissa if you’re warmth averse you will not get the very same taste, but it will help deepen the sauce. And although we’re generating substitutions, you could use boneless thighs as a substitute of bone-in.
Hand rolls are irresistible, and sweet, lacquered salmon tends to make this recipe by Kay Chun a specifically excellent contender for young ones. Yet another solution: Make bowls as a substitute, which is what my spouse did before this 7 days, layering the flaked salmon on rice with cucumber and avocado we crumbled toasted seaweed and scattered it on major. (For the bowls, you could possibly want to reduce the sugar a bit in the glaze to hold the flavors balanced.)
I manufactured a model of this on Wednesday night, a gorgeously uncomplicated combination of burst cherry tomatoes, olive oil, pasta and cheese the juice from the tomatoes fuses with the oil and starchy pasta water to make a sauce. I did mine in a skillet with a pint of tomatoes for a 50 percent-pound of pasta, but in this edition that Amanda Hesser adapted from a nicely-regarded Italian winemaker years in the past, the tomatoes are cooked in the oven. I’m a pasta hedonist, so I also toss in butter ahead of serving.