Reheating time: 10-15 minutes
The evolution of a WECO menu item can take many possible paths. And they all do. From an idea, to an actual doable concept, to the execution process, and finally, into your home in a bag, there’s a lot of thought and intention going into every step of the process. Sometimes we nail it on the first go-around. Sometimes, we need to adapt and adjust! Tonight’s dinner is one of those dinners that took on a life of its own, and we are so glad that it did. If you know me, cold food in the summertime is one of my favorite indulgences. Also, I love broth. So tonight’s dinner is a lot of my favorite things, all in one pretty little package. Citrus-poached shrimp with sweet chili and thai basil, chewy soba noodles, dashi broth with roasted mushrooms + spring veggies, and killer sides of eggplant and broccoli. Not too shabby. The best part? We all decided that tonight’s dinner would also do great heated up. No surprise there, but just saying. It’s one of those things that you realize, and you’re like, oh, cool, that’s really good too! So, it’s up to you tonight. To heat, or not to heat. That’s the dilemma of the day.
Get in there!
For the shrimp, noodles, and broth:
As I said, there are two routes that you can take to assemble and enjoy this bowl of noodly, brothy goodness. You can either just send it, cold all the way, or heat it up. If you’re going cold, just place the noodles in the bowl, and top with some shrimp. Shake/stir the dashi broth to reincorporate the miso (tends to settle to the bottom), and with a ladle or a spoon, gently scoop some dashi and veggies and pour over the top. Boom. Cold noodle bowl.
For a hot bowl, you can either heat all the components individually, or just build a cold bowl and then microwave it till you’re happy with the temperature. I’m going to suggest doing that, cause it’s just so easy. Hot, humid days like this one are made possible by the smallest amount of effort possible. Alternatively, you can warm the shrimp and noodles in a pan, with some quick saute/stir-fry action, and warm the dashi in a small pot. But if you have a microwave, that’s just a lot easier.
For the broccoli:
Best way is to broil this. Lay out the broccoli on a sheet tray lined with aluminum foil, and broil on high for 3-5 minutes till it’s caramelized and hot. Plate it up, either in the bowl or on the side!
For the eggplant:
I won’t lie to you. This one is definitely better if it’s cold. There’s a textural and temperature thing going on here. Eggplant is so underrated. When treated right, it can be more decadent and delicious than caviar, in my opinion. This one was slow roasted, and then marinated with caramelized soy and a bunch of other goodies 🙂 Just scoop some of it into a small bowl, or add it to your noodles! Can’t go wrong here. Believe in the power of cold eggplant!
Thanks again for ordering, and hope you enjoy your dinner 🙂