Are you in need of some revitalization?
A breath of fresh air?
Are you worn out, tired, or just plain sad?
Are you cold?
I’m with you. I’m all of the above.
When I feel like this I just don’t know what I want. I want everything. And nothing. All at once.
I want to sleep. I want to watch movie after movie. I want soup. I want lots and lots of noodles. And then I feel guilty and want some veggies. But not the crunchy, raw kind. Nope, the cozy cooked kind.
Kazakhstan has the answer. Lagman Shurpa, a.k.a. noodle stew.
According to the old Kazakh saying “Meat brings strength, shurpa brings beauty” (from Please to the Table), it sounds like it will help just about every ailment.
It is also the perfect dish if you can’t decide what continent you’d like to eat from. It acts like a stir-fry, a stew, and a hot pot all at once. And it has turnips in it.
Great for lifting you out of a heavy day.
1 1/2 lbs lamb or beef, cut in strips
2 peppers (I recommend one sweet, one spicy)
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 carrots, sliced
1 medium turnip, diced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 quart beef broth
1/8 cup rice or white vinegar (more to taste)
red pepper flakes
1 batch homemade lagman noodles
basil, cut into strips
red pepper flakes
Sirracha chili sauce
Let’s find a peaceful place. Perhaps a bubbling brook or a grassy valley. Imagine yourself there. Imagine long lost friends happily exploring the terrain with you.
Find a comfortable nook to build a fire and make some stew.
Now, cut up all the veggies in thin strips and cube the turnip.
Do the same with the lamb.
Next, add in the veggies and garlic. Stir-fry a few minutes until softened.
Toss with salt and red pepper flakes – as much as you’d like.
Take the time to enjoy this one with a dear friend or a memory of a friend.