I don't normally blog about my food, but tonight's dinner was worth it and it involved an ingredient that I had never used before: Somen noodle soup base (which is apparently STRAIGHT)
I sauteed some mushrooms in garlic, then lightly sauteed the shrimp in some garlic and some hot sauce- knowing that they'd finish cooking in the soup. I combined the chicken stock, the somen, and a bit of water and brought it to a boil. In went the noodles, then once they had cooked most of the way through I added the edemame, then the baby bok choy, the mushrooms, the shrimp and then finally some green onions.
The result: delicious. Obviously not as "moan-worthy" as my unforgettable soup from Morimoto (you have to scroll down quite a bit on that post before you get to the soup) but it wasn't all that bad. The shrimp ended up slightly overdone by the end (my first shrimp was perfectly cooked but the last one was a little too done) but the textures of the bok choy, edemame, and noodles were almost perfect.
Maybe I should have taken a picture...
What is your favourite "new" ingredient? Tried anything new lately that surprised you by being better than you thought it might be?