The lively blend adds a montage of pungent, hot flavors and softer, cedar-like undertones. Once considered the “drink of the gods,” sake dates back more than 1,800 years. The medley of flavors found in different styles of this fermented rice wine – ranging from fruity sweet and acidic to dry and slightly bitter – hints at its flexibility as an ingredient.
Directions 1. Place 1 teaspoon of the peppercorns in large resealable plastic bag. Close tightly. Pound with a rolling pin, mallet or heavy skillet until coarsely cracked. Mix with sea salt. Press seasoning mixture onto both sides of chicken breasts. Grill over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through, turning frequently. Keep warm.
2. Place remaining 1 teaspoon peppercorns and lemon grass stalks in the center of a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Tie tightly with a long piece of string.
3. Heat sesame oil in large saucepan on medium heat. Add bok choy and shitake mushrooms; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, sake, ginger and the spice bundle; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Add snow peas and bell peppers; simmer 5 minutes longer or until tender-crisp. Remove spice bundle.
4. Slice chicken diagonally into thin slices. Divide noodles, broth mixture and chicken evenly among soup bowls. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired.
Test Kitchen Tips:
â€¢ Udon noodles are Japanese noodles made from wheat. They can be found in the Asian aisle of some supermarkets and in Asian groceries. They are available in the precooked/instant form in aseptic packages or in the dried form. â€¢ To use dried udon noodles, cooked noodles in large pot of boiling water 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water; drain well. Prepare recipe as directed, adding drained noodles with snow peas and red peppers. â€¢ Sake is available wherever fine wines are sold. It may also be found in the Asian aisle of some supermarkets or in Asian groceries.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 263 Calories, Fat 5g, Protein 29g, Carbohydrates 22g, Cholesterol 60mg, Sodium 744mg, Fiber 1g