Saturday, July 01, 2006

salad udon

Although it is still " tsuyu " or rainy season, its hot and very humid. I cant wait for the real thing so I've already started preparing summer food. Like this udon ( noodles made from wheat flour). Used the local dried " inaniwa udon " which is a popular variety here in japan. You just have to boil the noodles until desired chewiness. Drain and run cold water to it . Actually you have to wash it, but be careful not to break the noodles.


a can of tuna flakes, drain the oil (healthier)
cucumber , sliced not so thinly
tomatoes, sliced in desired size
udon noodles ( available in asian or japanese groceries)
soy sauce , vinegar , salt and pepper

how to...

mix the soy sauce and vinegar to your desired taste. we have different tastes so this part is really up to you. Place the cucumber and tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with the sauce. Lastly add the tuna flakes.Add salt and pepper.

Put the noodles on a platter and the sauce on top of it, voila!
You now have a refreshing food for the hot summer days!

Anyway, you can do wonders with this by using your favorite vinegar. White wine vinegar or balsamic may be a daring choice but try it. I 'd love too but my dear hubby would definitely not eat it!


Anonymous Céline said...

Hey this is a good one too. We have many different vinegars here in France (like the xeres vinegar, which is a red wine vinegar) but i don't like vinegar and i think i'll try without! But i love soy sauce! I'll try to find udon... that will be a little more difficult. But as we say "impossible n'est pas français" (impossible is not french)

4:17 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

hope you find udon, this noodle is really delicious and I specially like it for its chewiness ( mochi-mochi). careful not to over boil it. Instructions are usually written on the package so I think its okay.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Celine said...

I found udon this morning (in a specialised supermarket) and everyone enjoyed tasting japanese food! It was fun! i also made some tofu with beef, bean sprouts, onions and soya sauce... it was nice. My step-father liked it, but he thinks it's weird!!! ;-) It was good though! We had a good time together around the table! ;-) Thank you!

2:22 AM  
Anonymous Celine said...

I forgot to tell you : my kids love udon salad! It's been very successful! Actually we have a recipe which is really close to this one but it's Camargan rice instead of udon... Enjoy your sunday! ;-)

6:15 AM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

to celine~
thanks, I feel so happy that you tried the recipe. thanks a lot,really!

enjoy the rest of your weekend too!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Genotzarr said...

You had me completely puzzled midnitebara. Being excellent in geography, I read your comment on a blog about cheese somewehere that said Akita. I didn't know where it was even though I guessed it was in Japan. I'll look it up.
The other thing is....Hos is it that you speak (write) such an exquisite english? You must either have travelled a lot, or lived somewhere for long. I heard english was very scarcely spoken in Japan.
It interests me, because I have sworn myself to go to Japan one day, and it would really help me decide faster if you told me all japanese speak english as well as you. I wouldn't fear to be the lonely Gaijin anymore.
Sorry to not talk much about food, I don't have much to say about it except maybe that the food displayed on your pictures wouldn't displease me one bit if I had it on my table.

2:10 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

hi genotzarr!
Yes, Im actually here in Akita city, Akita Prefecture Japan.

Oh and if I may say Im a gaijin too. I teach english to elementary kids and well sometimes adults.

Thanks for coming and commenting.If you want to know a little bit about Akita, please visit here.

2:47 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

About the lonely gaijin part, dont worry genotzzar, you wont. Although people can't speak english well, they are accomodating and will really try their best to converse with you. Of course, there are a lot of gaijins ( like me ) if you need any assistance!! ( smile )

2:50 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

Opps, my link was not good. I mean click here

2:52 PM  
Blogger maiylah said...

looks yummy!!
at parang ang daling gawin..parang lang. hehehe..
will see if i can get some udon here in one of the "inaniwa udon" a type of noodle?

5:15 PM  
Blogger maiylah said...

oops.. i mean, is that also exported dito sa 'Pinas, kaya?
looks flat and white, no? the Japanese noodles that i see here are usually light brown, and not flat..kind of like angel-hair noodles.
but i will look around...
thanks for the recipe, midnite! :)

5:19 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

Inaniwa is the type that is made here in Akita. Any udon will do ! The light brown noodles is soba, amde from buckwheat flour. Medyo iba lasa non, but you can try!

6:57 PM  

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