Every year the weekend of Thanksgiving, my Japanese great aunts throw a huge Christmas party. The entire family is invited, so it’s a huge day of craziness, fun, and tons of really good Japanese food. I have fond memories of eating sushi and somen salad (somen is a type of Japanese noodle) and watching while all the adults played white elephant. Unfortunately, once I started performing Nutcracker every year the party conflicted with the performances, so I haven’t gone since I was pretty young.
I have been craving somen salad for a while now, but I didn’t know what it was called so I couldn’t ask my mom about it. So of course I was elated when I walked into the kitchen a week ago and smelled the dressing! She put the somen salad in inari packets… just when I thought somen salad couldn’t get any better! Believe me… this is heaven!!! I really could eat this the rest of my life… it’s pretty light but still makes a good meal, and it’s sooooo good! Just try it… I promise that you will love it too!
By the way, I think it would be pretty awesome if all my food bloggers sign up to participate in Taste & Create. It’s this thing where all the participants get partnered up with eachother, and each person makes any recipe from the other’s blog, then writes a post about it. I think it would be a lot of fun to have an excuse to make something from one of your blogs… and just think… one of you might get to make sushi! 😀 Hehe but seriously, I think it’s going to be a pretty cool little thing. 🙂
- 1 package aburaáge
- 8 oz or 2 bundles of somen noodles
- 1/2 cup shredded nori
- 1 small Japanese cucumber, finely chopped (use regular cucumber if you can’t find Japanese cucumber)
- 6 oz imitation crab, finely chopped
- 3.5 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
- a dash of mirin
- Break each bundle of somen noodles into thirds.
- Boil a pot of water.
- Add the somen and carefully stir.
- Boil for 3 minutes.
- Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Mix the sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil and mirin together in a small bowl.
- Mix noodles with nori, cucumber, imitation crab and sauce together.
- Prepare the aburaáge, but don’t prepare any sumeshi.
- Stuff each piece of aburaáge with about 1/4 cup somen salad. Be careful… the somen salad is slippery so it can be a bit difficult to stuff the aburaáge.
Serving Size: 1 piece
- Fat: 6g, 9% DV
- Saturated Fat: 0g, 2% DV
- Cholesterol: 3mg, 1% DV
- Sodium: 572mg 24% DV
- Total Carbohydrates: 29g, 10% DV
- Dietary Fiber: .5g, 2% DV
- Sugars: 13g
- Protein: 5g, 10% DV
- Vitamin A: 0%
- Vitamin C: 1%
- Calcium: 3%
- Iron: 4%
- Magnesium: 2%
- Potassium: 1%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These values are only estimates based on the individual ingredients, and not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.