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Help me name this weird - but good! - hybrid dish I invented (I think)

small h Mar 2, 2011 06:09 PM

Something evocative, like "ants on a tree," or "bubble & squeak." In exchange, I will help you name your weird but good hybrid dish!

What it is:

Mung bean jelly noodles. These are made by combining mung bean starch with water and heating the mixture 'til it forms a gelatinous paste. The paste is spread out thin and refrigerated, and then cut into strips. I first had these at a Sichuan restaurant, but the noodles are also found in Korean cuisine (and maybe other cuisines as well).

Squid and serrano peppers, first marinated in olive oil, garlic, ginger, dark soy sauce and fish sauce, then grilled. Chinese? Mexican? Italian?

Grated black radish tossed with thinly sliced celery and chopped mint. So that's sort of Vietnamese, I guess. I also threw some Srichacha sauce over top, because it couldn't hurt.

Here's what the thing looks like, in case you're interested:

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  1. woodburner Mar 2, 2011 06:33 PM

    Ho Chi Mung Noodles

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    1. re: woodburner
      small h Mar 2, 2011 07:15 PM

      Ooh. Bi-lingual puns rule.

    2. alkapal Mar 3, 2011 02:53 AM

      nummy gummy

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      1. re: alkapal
        small h Mar 3, 2011 07:11 AM

        Rhymes also rule. It's not really gummy, though. More Jello-y.

      2. Adrienne Mar 3, 2011 02:57 AM

        I don't think I quite have it but since you've taken beans and created a gel, there must be some fun way to name it around Jelly Beans -- Jellied Beans? Squid swimming through jellied beans? Jump in the Jellied Beans?

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        1. re: Adrienne
          small h Mar 3, 2011 07:10 AM

          I'm not ambitious enough to make my own mung bean starch (maybe next year). I just buy a package of it, like you would corn starch or potato starch. But the "swimming squid" thing sounds very promising!

          1. re: small h
            DonShirer Mar 3, 2011 02:46 PM

            Squirmy squid is more alliterative.
            If you want to go all the way: Squirmy squid flung among mung, a treat for the tongue.

            1. re: DonShirer
              nothingswrong Mar 4, 2011 04:33 AM


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          adido Mar 3, 2011 07:34 AM

          hi again small h, how about: Jelly's last swam, squid on a hot bean roof, cephalopod special...?

          1. dave_c Mar 3, 2011 07:51 AM

            "Squid a mung friends."

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            1. re: dave_c
              jjjrfoodie Mar 3, 2011 08:03 AM

              dave_c made me LOL!

              How about Cali-munga!

              1. re: jjjrfoodie
                runwestierun Mar 4, 2011 05:06 PM

                Cali-munga is freakin' genius!

                1. re: runwestierun
                  alkapal Mar 5, 2011 05:44 AM

                  what am i missing with the "cali" reference?

                  maybe as hinted below, it should be "cephalomunga"?

                  or simply "cepha-munga, dude!"

                  1. re: alkapal
                    runwestierun Mar 5, 2011 01:08 PM


                    1. re: runwestierun
                      alkapal Mar 5, 2011 02:01 PM

                      <for some reason in my mind, i had "octopus" in the dish...
                      ...but then when saw the cephalopod stuff i had forgotten about the "cali" stuff,"....
                      but then..... oh crap. just "D'OH"! ;-).

                      1. re: alkapal
                        runwestierun Mar 5, 2011 02:52 PM

                        No worries. At least you had the guts to ask.

                        1. re: runwestierun
                          alkapal Mar 5, 2011 03:23 PM

                          hahaha. i had just been reading on FB about chef rj cooper's guest chef dish at ba bay in d.c.: "" Grilled baby octopus, spicy pork sausage, avocado, greens, charred lime vinaigrette""

                          i guess my mind got stuck in neutral after seeing that. i've only had grilled baby octopus one time, and it was so tender and delicious. i love squid too, but the octopus really took me aback as quite remarkable. <sette bello here in arlington closed recently; they offered it in a salad.>

                          1. re: runwestierun
                            jjjrfoodie Mar 5, 2011 03:25 PM

                            <<<<<<<"Squid and serrano peppers, first marinated in olive oil, garlic, ginger, dark soy sauce and fish sauce, then grilled. Chinese? Mexican? Italian? " >>>>>
                            in the OP =squid? Correct?

                            I figured most would get the "Calamari/squid" reference but thank you runwestie. <thumbup>

                            It took me two days to pinpoint my mental ah-ha until I put in the Simpson's Movie and went , "Oh S%$T" I had a chowhound Bart Simpon/Matt Groenig moment.



                2. re: dave_c
                  nomadchowwoman Mar 3, 2011 09:24 AM

                  That got my vote.

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                  small h Mar 3, 2011 02:57 PM

                  You guys are the best. I can't choose! Q. What's a little squid a mung friends? A. This!

                  1. alkapal Mar 4, 2011 05:38 AM

                    the squid amung us

                    1. Breadcrumbs Mar 4, 2011 10:05 AM

                      Well, since you get a kick from the serrano and Sriracha how about:

                      Kick'n Squidoodles

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                      1. re: Breadcrumbs
                        small h Mar 4, 2011 03:17 PM

                        If I had kids, that's what I would call it to get them to eat it.

                      2. meatn3 Mar 4, 2011 04:26 PM

                        Sucker-punch noodles

                        1. deet13 Mar 4, 2011 04:36 PM

                          Cephalopod & Capsicum Noodles, or shorter, C&C Noodles...

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