Monday, 12 May 2008
Chinese Noodle Salad
Preparation time: 20 minutes and very easy
1. ½ to one Chinese Napa Cabbage or ¼ savoy cabbage finely shredded. Wash and pat dry before slicing.
2. Few stalks of coriander including stem, roughly sliced
3. 5 green onions including white part, roughly sliced at an angle
4. 200 g lightly roasted slivered almonds, sunflower seeds or pine nuts. Or combination of all. I prefer just using the pine nuts.
5. A packet of instant Ramen noodles. Any brand so long they are the fried or baked type. Try to have an onion flavoured one. Noodles to be broken up into chunky pieces, straight from the packet. Very important, do not cook noodles.
6. Two tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)
1. ¼ cup Chinese wine Vinegar, balsamic vinegar or white vinegar
2. Dash of freshly mixed ground pepper or white pepper
3. 1/4 cup Castor Sugar
4. 4 tablespoon good quality light soya sauce (Kikkoman is good)
5. Two tablespoon dark sesame oil, ordinary sesame oil or onion oil
6. ½ cup EVO or oil of your choice
7. Seasoning packet from the Ramen noodles.
8. Half a deseeded red chilli, finely sliced, or pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
1. Mix all the ingredients for dressing in a bowl. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.
2. Combine the cabbage, chopped green onions, coriander, red chilies or chilli flakes (if used) and nuts in a salad bowl. Add dressing and mix well.
3. Just before serving add the noodles, toss gently and sprinkle sesame seeds.
1. Good flavour combination of nuts and crunchy fried/baked noodles.
2. I couldn't find instant ramen where I am currently living thus I baked some noodles from a bigger packet.
This is not the original recipe as I have tweaked it along the way.
This recipe brings back fond memories of my involvement in a charitable organization, namely, The Lioness Club in Michigan, USA.
About twenty of us, each bringing our own knives, prepared food for more than 200 guests in a sit down luncheon in aid of the blind.
Can you visualize the amount of fun we have had in the kitchen?