fideuà

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fideuà (Catalan): noodles with fish or meat.

This is a sort of paella but made with fine noodles, fideus. It is a less complicated and lighter dish than many paellas, lacking the sometimes excessive medley of ingredients and the starchiness of rice. As it appears alongside rice dishes in specialised restaurants it is a handy alternative, especially if one reaches the stage that, “I can’t possibly eat yet another paella!” Fideuà is either meaty with bits of pork rib to enhance the stock or fishy with strips of cuttlefish (sepia). In either case the dish is brown in colour and there should be a crispy layer of noodles on the top as the dish is finished under the grill. Served with garlic mayonnaise.

By Simon Rice

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