By: EatingWell User
Expected a more flavorful dish
The dish looked beautiful in the picture. I could not find dried shrimp, so I used a very good quality Vietnamese fish sauce which was listed in the recipe as an alternative. Because we like spice, I used an extra garlic clove and added a diced jalepeno with the red bell pepper. Otherwise, I followed the menu. It smelled wonderful, but when I served it, my husband and I both kept adding more fish sauce and we also had to add hot sauce. Without them, it was just too bland for us. I won't bother to make this again, but if I did, I would substitue cilantro for the parseley and grind a lot more peanuts and either look for the dried shrimp or double the fish sauce from the 3 tbsp in the menu to 6.
Pros: Not too complicated
Cons: Not nearly as spicy as I expected.