Cold Noodle Salad with Miso & Sesame Dressing

A super easy salad that can be easily adapted to what you have in your fridge or any other toppings you feel like having. I love vinegar and I have been eating a lot of pickled veggies lately. So for this, I pickled some radish in red wine vinegar to add a pop of color. You can also use pickled ginger instead. To keep it simple I just added avocado, a 6 minute egg, cucumber and edamame. This is great to take to lunch the next day too.

This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

For the miso & sesame dressing:

1 teaspoon of red miso

1 tablespoon of minced ginger

4 tablespoons of sesame oil

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey

1 clove of garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lime

1 teaspoon of chili oil

For the salad:

200grs of noodles of your choice (I used a gluten free variety, made with brown rice & amaranth)

½ a cucumber, thinly sliced

A bit of pickled radish (I pickled my own in red wine vinegar, hence the color , with a bit of salt, sugar and chili), you can also use pickled ginger.

150gr of cooked edamame beans

1 egg

1 avocado, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon of Togarashi

1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds

 

To make the dressing, just place all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until it emulsifies. Set it aside.

For the soft boiled egg, place it in a saucepan and add boiling water. Let it cook for 6 minutes over medium heat. Then rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking. Peel it and set it aside until serving.

Cook the noodles as instructed on the package. Then rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking. Drizzle a little bit of sesame oil so that they don’t stick.

Divide the noodles over two bowls. Add the avocado, edamame, cucumber, radish and egg. Sprinkle some togarashi and black sesame seeds on top. Serve with the miso & sesame dressing. Enjoy!

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Crunchy Togarashi Zucchini Chips with Okonomiyaki Sauce

IMG_0304I made these Japanese style zucchini chips for lunch today. This crappy “summer” weather has me craving comfort food. It is so freaking cold. At least these crispy bites of goodness kept me warm. If you have never heard of Nanami togarashi, it is a Japanese chili and spice mix which is sold in most Asian stores. It contains chili pepper, orange peel, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed. It is a really balanced spice mixture. I normally use it when I make sushi.

This recipe is a small batch which serves 2 people.

Ingredients:

For the zucchini chips:

1 Zucchini, sliced into 1cm rounds

2 cups of panko breadcrumbs

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 ½ tablespoons of Nanami Togarashi

1 tablespoon of white sesame seeds

Pinch of onion powder

Salt

2 eggs, beaten

For the Okonomiyaki Sauce:

½ cup of ketchup

3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ tablespoons of honey

Pinch of garlic powder

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Extras:

1 cup of vegetable oil for frying the zucchini

Chopped chives for decoration (optional)

 

Whisk together all of the ingredients for the Okonomiyaki sauce in a medium bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

Have the coating ready. Place the beaten eggs in a small bowl. Place the flour with a pinch of salt in another bowl. Finally have a bowl ready with the panko, togarashi, sesame seeds, a pinch of onion powder and a good pinch of salt (make sure to mix it with a fork).

Grab a zucchini piece and coat it in the flour, then the eggs and finally in the panko mixture. Repeat until all the zucchini pieces are evenly coated.

Pour the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully fry the zucchini in batches until they become golden. This will only take about 2-3 minutes per batch. Place them over paper towels while you fry the rest.

Serve with the zucchini fries with the Okonomiyaki Sauce and some chopped chives. I also sprinkled a bit of extra togarashi on the sauce. Enjoy!

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Mini Poke Ramen Cups

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I was going through my food pictures a couple of days ago and saw a pic of two sushi bowls (or poke) that I made last month and I started to crave fresh tuna again. I thought of making it into appetizer sizes, perfect to share at a dinner party. I seasoned some ramen noodles with sushi vinegar and wasabi Furikake. And made it into tiny cups, by baking them in a muffin pan. They turned out so good, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Just make sure to not make them too thick and use parchment paper as muffin liners to prevent them from sticking to the pan. I tried greasing the pan, parchment paper and cupcake liners. Parchment paper worked the best. Thank you to Vanessa from Pickmeadaisy.com for giving me the tip to add pomegranate seeds to my poke. It goes really well with the tuna!

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This recipe makes 12 mini cups.

Ingredients:

For the ramen cups:

120grs of ramen noodles

1 egg

2 tablespoons of sushi vinegar

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of wasabi Furikake

1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the tuna poke:

400gr of fresh tuna, cut into small cubes

2 tablespoons of finely chopped ginger

5 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of togarashi

1 avocado, cut into very small cubes

1 teaspoon of lime juice

2 teaspoons of sesame oil

2 tablespoons of chopped chives

2 teaspoons of yuzu powder

¼ cup + 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

 

Start by making the ramen cups; cook the ramen noodles as instructed on the package. Then drain them and place them in a bowl with the sushi vinegar, Furikake, salt and vegetable oil. Mix well. Allow it to cool down for 5 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with parchment paper squares in each cup. If you only grease the muffin pan with oil, the ramen will stick to the pan, so better use parchment paper as muffin liners.

Then place the noodles in the food processor and add the egg. Pulse a few times to get it chopped and mixed through. Don’t over chop it as it is nice to still be able to see that it is ramen noodles.

To make each ramen cup, place about 2 ½ tablespoons of the ramen mixture into each muffin cup, press well to try to create a cup. Repeat for all 12.

Bake them for 30 minutes, until golden and crispy on the outside.

To make the poke, just place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl except for the avocado and mix well. Once everything is mixed through, add the avocado and mix it carefully. Especially if the avocado is very ripe, so it keeps its shape.

Spoon some of the poke into each ramen cup and enjoy!

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Togarashi Caramel Popcorn

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Nanami togarashi is a Japanese chili and spice mix which is sold in most Asian stores. It contains chili pepper, orange peel, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed. It is a really balanced spice mixture.  I normally use it when I make sushi.

This recipe is very addictive.  It’s not very spicy, it just has a bit of a kick. You can always add more togarashi if you like it really spicy. Baking soda is not something you find in regular supermarkets here in the Netherlands, but luckily enough Asian stores do have it. Baking soda makes the caramel airy and foamy. The air bubbles that form give the caramel a softer texture.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

½ cup popcorn kernels

¾ cup of sugar

3 tablespoons of butter

¼ teaspoon of salt

1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda

½ teaspoon of Nanami Togarashi (or more to taste)

¾ cup of water

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Brush a large bowl and two wooden spoons or rubber spatulas with vegetable oil (you can also use cooking spray).  Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large pan with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the popcorn, cover and keep the pan moving until all the kernels have popped. Transfer to the greased bowl. Remove any unpopped kernel.

In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with the togarashi.

In a medium pan, combine the butter, sugar, salt and ¾ cup of water. Cook over medium high heat until the mixture becomes a light golden color, about 10 minutes. Stir constantly.  Remove from the heat and carefully whisk in the baking soda-togarashi mixture.  The baking soda will make the mixture bubble up.

Pour the caramel over the popcorn and working very quickly, mix it all through.

Spread the popcorn into the baking sheets and try to separate them as much as you can.  Allow to cool at room temperature. Once cooled, you can break them apart if the chunks are too big. You can also store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks.