Cold Somen Noodles | With Shiso, Tomatoes and Chicken ๐Ÿ…

One of my favorite things to eat in the summer is cold somen. These Japanese noodles are light and refreshing and combining these with shiso, tomato and a bit of sesame oil makes for an easy and tasty meal. But wait… There’s more! We’re adding chicken too. But this is no ordinary chicken… This chicken’ll be cooked in sake with a little salt, which enhances both flavor and texture. Prepare to be amazed!ย 

 

Somen Noodles ๏ผˆ็ด ้บบ๏ผ‰

Have you heard of somen before?

Ramen and udon, followed by soba seem to have the most attention these days.

Ramen especially! Lots and lots ofย ramen shops opening or have already opened up across the country.

I don’t know about you, but in LA, I haven’t seen any somen shops!

If I were somen, I’d be a bit jealous.

Here here… Now let’s give somen some attention today.

It’s easy enough to make at home and should be easy to find too! (You can buy somen on Amazon)

 

If you’ve never had somen…

They’re light and delicious with a very neutral flavor.

You could call it delicate.

In both flavor and texture, like many other Japanese foods and ingredients.ย At least that’s how I like to describe it.

So delicate and light that any seasoning does well.

Easily turned into the long little flavor vehicles that they are!

The most basic way of eating somen would be with mentsuyu (ใ‚ใ‚“ใคใ‚†) or noodle soup base.

Of which, there are many many many different variations. I’ll share my mentsuyu recipe later this week!ย 

Today we’re going to be making a noodle soup base for the somen using dashi, mirin and soy sauce.

To add extra flavor, we’re throwing on sesame oil and some ginger juice.

Yes, ginger juice.

You can leave the ginger meat in if you like, that’s how I do it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then it’s more like ginger paste.

Anyways.

Question for you –

Do you like shiso?

I like shiso

I like shiso a lot!!!

In fact, it’s one of my favorite herbs.ย Additional recipes with shiso here.

If only, it was as easy to find as potted basil is these days.

The live plant that is.

While basil and tomatoes are one of my favorite combinations during the summer, shiso and tomatoes is another!

Shiso is as fragrant, aromatic and flavorful, if not more so than basil.

Want to argue?

No thanks! I could see it either way!

Combining shiso with soy, dashi, mirin, ginger and sesame oil works wonders.

The sauce we’re making here is full of umami and flavor you’ll surely want to remake this again as the weather gets hotter.

 

 

Join me live next Wednesday onย Youtube @ 6pm PST!

 

 

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One of my favorite things to eat in the summer is cold somen. These Japanese noodles are light and refreshing and combining these with shiso, tomato and a bit of sesame oil makes for an easy and tasty meal. But wait... There's more! We're adding chicken too. But this is no ordinary chicken... This chicken'll be cooked in sake with a little salt, which enhances both flavor and texture. Prepare to be amazed!ย 
Cold Somen Noodles - With Shiso, Tomatoes and Chicken_
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Sake steamed chicken and noodles
Somen broth
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Sake steamed chicken and noodles
Somen broth
Cold Somen Noodles - With Shiso, Tomatoes and Chicken_
Instructions
Somen noodles
  1. Cook somen noodles according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare shiso, tomatoes, green onions and sesame seeds. Set aside.
  3. Once noodles are done, run under cold water with ice to chill.
  4. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
Sake steamed chicken
  1. Pound chicken with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.
  2. Prepare a large shallow pan and add two dashes of salt with 1/2 cup of sake.
  3. Add the chicken and bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat immediately and cover. Flip approximately 3-5 minutes and steam until cooked through.
  4. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Once cool, tear or cut into small bite size pieces.
  6. Note: for extra chicken flavor retain liquid and add to noodles later.
Somen broth and assembly
  1. Combine all ingredients in large pyrex and set aside.
  2. Serve using a large bowl or plate, you can layer or mix the noodles with the other ingredients.
  3. Add noodles, tomatoes, shiso, and top with the chicken and broth. (+ chicken-sake juice if desired)
  4. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and enjoy!!
Recipe Notes

Sake steamed chicken can be prepared 1-2 days ahead and refrigerated!

 

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2 thoughts on “Cold Somen Noodles | With Shiso, Tomatoes and Chicken ๐Ÿ…

  • June 7, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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    I enjoy 2 of the 3 main items in this recipe (hate raw tomatoes) as well as somen or udon noodles. In fact, I’ve got several shiso plants with big leaves to use … they’ve flowered already so I’ve got lots of seeds for next spring.

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    • June 8, 2018 at 6:23 am
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      aww sooo close! maybe you could try subbing with a roasted japanese eggplant, i may try that next time, on top of the tomatoes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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