Summer is on its way and, with a host of new halal foods to offer, we thought we’d take the opportunity to suggest a few ideas for a great family barbecue. A straightforward burger in a bun is always a winner, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to try something different.
Our new Exotic range seems like the obvious place to start for some interesting new suggestions, so in this post, we’ll look at our new Exotic Thai-style gourmet burgers and how you can make them the centrepiece of a delicious summertime treat. The burgers in the Exotic range are made with HMC-certified halal beef and they weight 220g (half a pound) so they really are very substantial and satisfying. You certainly shouldn’t need to go back for a second one…
BBQ idea: Thai-style burgers and rice noodle salad
The Exotic Thai-style halal beef burger can be served with all sorts of different accompaniments, from a conventional burger bun to the more culturally-authentic steamed rice or noodles. This recipe idea uses rice noodles, which are quick and easy to cook and can be served hot or cold.
- 200g of dried rice noodles (flat variety)
- 2 large carrots
- 1 cucumber
- 1 large wine tomato
- 2 limes
- 1 handful of fresh coriander
- 20 ml (2 dessert spoons) of ginger syrup
- Fresh chilli and spring onion to taste
Rice noodles are most often sold dry and pre-packed and although they are usually very quick to cook, their cooking times vary. Typically, to reduce cooking time, they can be soaked in cold water before steaming or boiling. Follow the instructions on the pack.
If you plan to make this a cold salad, then you can cook the noodles in advance, but if so, keep them in a sealed container so they don’t start to dry out. If you want to serve them hot, then schedule the following preparations to that the noodles are ready at the same time as the burgers.
- Peel the carrots and grate them into a large bowl.
- Finely dice or grate the cucumber into the same bowl.
- Put big chunks of wine tomato into the bowl.
- Add the zest and juice of the two limes.
- Add the ginger syrup (You can buy jars of stem ginger in syrup. Use the thinly cut stem ginger, too, if you wish.)
- Add the coriander leaves, finely chopped.
- Finely chop the spring onions and red chilli, and add to taste.
- Add the cooked rice noodles and mix thoroughly.
Fresh, zingy and packed with vitamins, these noodles make a great accompaniment to KQF’s Thai-style Gourmet Beef Burgers, but they also work well with plainer meats such as barbecued chicken or even hard boiled eggs.