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Spicy Maine Lobster and Noodle Salad with Avocados and Mint

Maine lobster goes Asian in this colorful noodle salad filled with great flavors. A glass of dry Riesling or Gewürtztraminer will pair well with the wonderful aromas, and offset the heat of the chile peppers. This dish was served at the 2014 CIA Flavor Summit.
Categories: Asian, Healthy, Salads, Seafood
Step 1
1/4 cup • Extra-virgin olive oil
4 • Garlic cloves • peeled and thinly sliced
• Salt • to taste
1 • Red bell pepper
1 • fresh, long red chile pepper
3 tbsp • Asian fish sauce
3 • Lime juice
2 tbsp • Honey
1 tsp • Sambal oelek
1 tsp • Asian sesame oil
3 • live 1 ½ pound Maine lobsters
1 • 3 ½ ounce package dried cellophane noodles
In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic, shallots and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic and shallots are golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.

Roast red pepper and chile pepper directly over a gas flame, or under a preheated broiler, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Transfer to a plate and let cool. Peel the pepper and chile, and discard stem, seeds and skin. Cut into ¼ inch dice, and add to the bowl with the garlic and shallots. Stir in fish sauce, lime juice, honey, elderflower cordial, sambal oelek and sesame oil, and season with salt.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add lobsters to boiling water head first, and cook until bright red, about 6 minutes. Using tongs, transfer lobsters to a large rimmed baking sheet, and let cool. Crack lobster claws and knuckles, and remove meat. Using kitchen shears, cut along the underside of the tail shells and remove meat. Remove and discard dark intestinal veins from the tails, and cut tails and claws into 1-inch pieces.

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. In a medium heatproof bowl, cover cellophane noodles with warm water, and let stand until pliable, about 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and using kitchen shears, cut them into 3-inch lengths. Add noodles to the boiling water, and cook until al dente, about 1 minute. Drain and transfer to a platter.
Step 2
2 • large Hass avocados • cut into ½ inch chunks
1/4 cup • roasted and salted peanuts • chopped
2 tbsp • Mint leaves • thinly sliced
2 tbsp • Cilantro leaves • thinly sliced
• Lime wedges, for serving
catter lobster and avocados over cellophane noodles, and drizzle with the chile-honey dressing. Garnish salad with peanuts, mint leaves, cilantro and lime wedges. Serve immediately. (The cooked lobster meat and chile-honey dressing can be refrigerated separately overnight.)


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