Psssh… it was ninety-nine cents. To  be  more  specific,  the  99  Ranch  Market  in  California.  My  mom  and  I  went  grocery  shopping  today,  and  honestly,  I  could  not  be  more  proud  of  being  Asian.  😛 There  were  so  many  varieties  that  I  could  not  stop  walking  through  each  aisle  for  about  three  times  each.  I  didn’t  have  time  to  make  homemade  miso  soup  tonight (that will be tomorrow’s blog post) ,  but  I  did  make  a  simple  Japanese  noodle  “salad”.  Now,  the  dressing  is  a  little  exotic,  but  I  promise  you,  you  should  give  it  a  try.

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Serves 2.

“Salad” Ingredients

1 bunch of Organic Somen (Japanese wheat noodles) — they come in bunches in the package

1 bunch of flat leaf parsley

1 medium-sized red bell pepper, cored and cut into small slices

1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin slices

2 scallions, thinly sliced

Dressing Ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. brown sugar (or more, depending on how sweet you want the dressing to be)

1 lime, freshly squeezed

1 tsp. fish sauce (yes, for all those who are  not  familiar,  this will be very eccentric. However, in most Asian cultures, fish sauce is ubiquitous– like Kraft Mac n’ Cheese in America and fish & chips in the United Kingdom. If you aren’t feeling adventurous, it is perfectly okay to leave the fish sauce out. You can substitute it with Kikkoman’s Soy Sauce. However, if you are feeling adventurous, make sure that there is a perfect mixture between the lime juice and the fish sauce. Citrus is used in seafood to take out the fishy smell and balance its taste.)

How-to:

1. Boil four cups of water over the stove top. When the water is boiling, add the noodles and boil for two minutes. Drain and set aside.

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2. Meanwhile, mix the parsley, bell pepper, and carrots in a medium-sized bowl. Add the semi-cooled noodles.

3. In another bowl, mix the sugar, oil, lime juice, and fish sauce (or soy sauce). Make sure that it is mixed thoroughly. Once tasted, the dressing should be a little tangy but also savory.

4. Drizzle the dressing on top of the noodles. Thoroughly mix. Sprinkle the scallion, add some sea salt and crack some pepper, and you’re good to go!

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This salad is perfect for a light lunch or dinner, for vegans (without the processed soy sauce, however) , vegetarians, and carnivores alike. It is very healthy and low on calories but is also very filling because of the noodles. Tonight, we bought shrimp, pork, and beef dumplings to indulge.

I couldn’t resist because of the homemade taste, and this dish definitely made me miss Asia. 😦

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Sorry for the late post. Let me know if you guys enjoyed this eccentric yet normal recipe. 🙂

xx,

Nathalie Apple

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