If you were to attend one of our church potlucks, there's a good chance you would find this dish, somen salad. It has all the characteristics of a good potluck dish: relatively inexpensive ingredients, easy to make, can feed a crowd, and most importantly, tastes good. Lately I've found myself craving this salad and realized I can't be waiting around for the next potluck. So I asked for the recipe and made the dish. It turned out just as I remembered so I'm now sharing it with you. Enjoy.
Somen Salad Recipe
1pkg. somen noodles - I used four bundles (refer to pic below)
1/2 head of lettuce shredded
ham or char siu pork, cut "matchsticks"
2 eggs + 1-2 tsp sugar, cooked into thin sheets, cut "matchsticks"
1 pkg of kamaboko, cut "matchsticks"
3 stalks green onions, chopped
Somen Salad Dressing
6 tbsp sugar
6tbsp cider vinegar
2tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp pepper (or to taste)
2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp shoyu (soy sauce)
For those not familiar with kamaboko (fish cake), this is what it looks like. You don't cook it, just cut and serve. The best way I can describe the taste is it's similar to fake crab meat.
Cook somen as directed. Cool. Place somen in a 9 by 13 dish. Layer on top of somen noodles in this order, lettuce, kamaboko, char siu, green onions, and egg.
Mix all dressing ingredients together. Drizzle dressing all over salad when ready to serve. Enjoy.