Japanese Somen Noodle Salad

After weeks of Chinese food, I think it’s time to start experimenting with other cuisine. Next up is Japanese, a cuisine that is not entirely foreign but then again, it’s not totally familiar too. I will attempt the easier ones first before moving on to more complicated stuff.

First, it’s the Somen Noodle Salad, a dish that is absolutely easy to prepare and healthy too except for the mayo. But then again, the amount of mayo that you want to put is determined by you. If you want healthier dish, use them sparingly! I have used ham instead of canned tuna since we could have ham for breakfast tomorrow and thus worth buying them. Try slicing the cucumber and onion as thinly as possible (I actually love doing that!) and this requires knife skills! And if you don’t have somen noodle, just replace by using spaghetti.


Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

3 1/2 oz. somen noodles
3 oz ham
1/2 small onion
small cucumber
4 tbsp mayonnaise (less, if you prefer)
a litle salt, pepper and soy sauce

1. Fill a large pan with water and bring to the boil. Add the noodles to the pan and cook until al dente. When cooked, rinse under cold running water, ensuring that the noodles are all separated, then drain well.
2. Cook the ham ( I boil them). Slice the onion and soak in water for about 5-10 minutes to take away any sharpness. Drain the onions and squeeze to remove any excess water. Finely slice the cucumber and season with salt. Leave for 5-10 minutes and then squeeze to remove any excess water/ juice.
3. Mix the noodles, ham, onion, cucmber and mayo in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and soy sauce.

Adapted from Harumi’s Japanese Cooking.

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