This blog is about Japanese home cooking and and while many of the recipes are unfamiliar, my repertoire is growing enough to allow some coordination of make-ahead foods that can be served in combinations that don’t seem as if we are eating leftovers every other day. For example, I grilled Chicken in Spicy Marinade at the same time as the Yakitori: Negima was cooking. We first ate the marinated chicken with Stir-Fried Fennel and Carrot. Then we had two different versions of today’s recipe with the chicken.
These ramen noodles are very popular in Japan, but apparently they are served only in the summer. Below is the recipe as written in my project book, but Ms. Shimbo has many suggestions for different toppings. Note that she says this dish always includes the thin omelette strips. You can use seafood (crab meat, shrimp, or squid), meat (chashu, ham, chicken) and a variety of vegetables (asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, carrot, chard, cucumber, fennel, lettuce, spinach, wakame, zucchini…).
Because of all the variations, this recipe is another example of home-cooking multi-tasking. I doubled the sauce recipe, so it’s ready to go and I can concentrate on a new recipe to accompany the noodles.
While I could eat noodles everyday, Mr. Tess will be happy, too, because there are lots of vegetables!
Summertime Chilled Chuka Soba
- 1/4 cup mirin (sweet cooking wine)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/3 cup ramen stock or chicken stock
Note: my homemade stock is gelatin, so I just used canned chicken broth.
- 1/3 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons komezu (rice vinegar)
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons ginger juice, to taste Here’s a tip extracting juice
In a saucepan, bring the mirin to a gentle simmer to evaporate the alcohol. Add sugar and ramen stock, and bring to a boil. Add the soy sauce and bring just to a boil. Transfer to a clean jar. Add the rice vinegar, sesame oil, and ginger juice. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I used much less)
Stir the salt and sugar into the eggs. Note stirring with a chopstick works well because you don’t want to make the eggs frothy.
If you have a tamagoyaki-ki, a rectangular Japanese skillet, now is your chance to make use of it! Otherwise, use an 8-inch non-stick skillet or a well seasoned cast iron pan. Heat your skillet over medium heat. When it’s hot, dip a wadded paper towel into a small dish of vegetable oil. Smear the bottom and sides of your skillet with the oil. Remove skillet from heat and spoon enough of the egg mixture to thinly coat the bottom of your pan. You may need to tilt the pan to cover the whole bottom. Return the skillet to the heat and cook the egg until it’s firm on the bottom. Lift the omelette and flip to cook the other side, about 3 seconds. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Make 8 thin omelettes. Cut the omelettes into 2-inch long julienne strips.
- 3 cups soybean or mung bean sprouts
- 2 ounces mung bean noodles
- 1 small Japanese cucumber, julienned in 2 1/2-inch lengths
- 8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 10 slices chashu, or cooked ham or chicken breast, julienned in 2-inch lengths
If you can get soybean sprouts, try them: they are delicious. Clean the sprouts by cutting off the brown root tips. In a pot of boiling water (add a little vegetable oil), blanch the sprouts for 30 seconds. Immediately drain and rinse in cold water. Drain again.
Soak the mung bean noodles in boiled water for 5 minutes. Drain and cool under running water. Cut into 6-inch lengths. (or follow package directions)
- 13 ounces dried chuasoba noodles
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
In a large pot of boiling water, cook the noodles al dente, 3 to 5 minutes, or as instructed on the package. Drain and wash under cold running water. Drain and toss with the sesame oil.
- 2 Tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted
- Hot mustard paste or smooth French-style mustard
Divide the noodles among four individual sh
allow bowl. Decorate the noodles with the vegetables and omelette strips. In the traditional presentation, the items are placed in mounds like the colorful spokes of a wheel. Pour some of the sauce over each dish, and garnish with some sesame seeds on top and a dab of mustard on the rim of the bowl.
(The way I actually served this meal was to arrange the vegetables and meat on a large plate, the noodles in a bowl, the garnishes on the side, and the sauce in a jar ready to pour over. We each served ourselves.)
|⇐ Previous Post||Next Post ⇒|
|Spicy Stir-Fried Fennel and Carrots||Tofu Omelette with Colorful Vegetables|