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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Somen Salad Recipe

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)

Mix eggs with sugar. Fry eggs like you would an omelet. Pat dry. Cut into matchstick strips.

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.


mushroommeadows said...

YUMMY!!! The salad looks tasty!

*~kAy~* said...

that looks pretty tasty <3
is it more of a sweet taste?

babalisme said...

kamaboko does taste nice, mmmm.. If I don't have cider vinegar, what else do you suggest?

Ayie said...

wow i didn't know somen can be used for salads...i just cooked somen soup this morning. =)

Novi On The Go said...

This sounds so yummy! Good for hot hot days. I've been making the napa cabbage salad you shared a while back, it's simple to make and tastes wonderful!

Alexander said...

Thanks for the recipe. It looks quite good. Great! :D

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Nyki said...

That looks so good! I am going to try this one!

kat said...

that looks so delicious. any idea how to make it vegetarian?

Mokihana said...

'Ono to da max!!

Ginger said...

Can't wait to try this salad looks so good & the dressing for it sounds so summery,
Thank you dear friend for the recipe awesome!

CountessLaurie said...

I have never heard of this before. I am going to definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!

Larissa said...

Yum...I make somen salad all the time because it's so simple. And yes, it totally reminds me of church potlucks!

***Sharon*** said...

I make it the same as you...but I add cucumbers and nori! :) I just did a blog post about somen salad and linked to yours instead of rewriting mine. THANKS! OISHI DESU! :)

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