Japanese noodle salad

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This simple salad is all about the dressing, which can also be used as a dipping sauce for grilled meats and especially seafood. Soya bean pods can be bought at most Asian or Japanese food stores in the freezer section and are yummy cooked in salted water and eaten straight from the pod. Our son Hunter loves them. Rice vinegar, kombu and mirin are sold in Japanese stores and, frequently, general supermarkets.

Japanese noodle salad
Photo: Marco Del Grande

Ingredients

  • 60ml soy sauce
  • 75ml canola oil
  • 15ml Japanese rice vinegar
  • 2 strips kombu seaweed
  • 20g sugar
  • 10ml mirin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 250g oriental-style rice noodles
  • 250g soya bean pods
  • 20 snow peas, washed and sliced finely on an angle
  • 1 small bunch chives, washed and cut into 1cm batons
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 ripe avocados, seeds and skin removed, thinly sliced

Method

To make the dressing, blend the soy sauce, oil, rice vinegar, kombu, sugar, mirin, lemon juice and garlic with a bar blender to release the flavour from the kombu. Allow to stand 1 hour or refrigerate overnight. Strain and reserve. Cook noodles in boiling water as per packet instructions. Drain and allow to cool. Place in a bowl. Cook soya bean pods in boiling salted water for 2 minutes, drain and when cool enough to handle, pod the beans. Add to noodles with chives, sesame seeds and half the avocado. Dress with 2/3 of the dressing. Place in 4 bowls. Garnish with remaining avocado and dressing.

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