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Mar 2, 2011 06:09 PM

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

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. re: alkapal

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

      2. 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

          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

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

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

            1. re: dave_c

              dave_c made me LOL!

              How about Cali-munga!

                1. re: runwestierun

                  what am i missing with the "cali" reference?

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

                  or simply "cepha-munga, dude!"

                    1. re: runwestierun

                      <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

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

                        1. re: runwestierun

                          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

                            <<<<<<<"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.