Somen is perfect refreshing food for hot and humid summer season :)
Sōmen (素麺) is very thin Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. The noodles are usually served cold in summer with a dashi flavored tasty dipping sauce called Mentsuyu (めんつゆ).
Somen is perfect dish to serve on Tanabata, which is a festival celebrated on July 7th. People write their wishes on strips of paper and hang them on bamboo trees. Moreover, there is a Tanabata story. I don't think the story is that romantic, but it is about Vega (Orihime 織姫) and Altair (Kengyuu 牽牛(彦星)). They fell in love with each other but without working. So the emperor (Tentei 天帝, Orihime's father) decided to separate them on opposite sides of the river of the Milky Way. Now they could see each other, only once a year on Tanabata July 7th, if they work hard.
Deco Somen Noodles
Difficulty: Very Easy
Number of servings: N/A
Kinshi Tamago (shredded egg crepe)
Ikura (salmon roe)
Kamada Tsuyu : water = 1 : 1
*instead of using Kamada Tsuyu you can use regular Mentsuyu but make sure you dilute as instructed because the level of concentration vary from product to product.
dried Somen noodles
((Toppings - Kinshi Tamago))
Beat 1 egg in a bowl (you can season it with sugar or salt). Heat cooking oil in a pan and make a thin omelette. If you don't have a rectangle omelette pan, you can make a circle thin omelette. Then cut the egg into thin strips.
Double the Kamada Tsuyu with water, then cool in the fridge until ready to serve.
Boil water in a large pan. Add dried Somen noodles (and Okura) in the boiling water and gently stir noodles with chopsticks. Cook Somen noodles according to your package (mine was 2 min). Drain the noodles in a strainer and rinse the noodles with hands under running water. Take bite-size portion of the noodles and roll them on your fingers (like you roll pasta on a fork), and place them on a dish. Decorate the noodles with toppings of your choice and keep in the fridge until you serve.
When Somen noodles get dry, their gluten get strong and sticky. So they will stick together nicely in bite-size portions. When you eat, dip one portion in the dipping sauce, then shake to release the noodles.
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