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Crunchy Tempura And Soba Noodle Salad

Look for tempura batter mix in the Asian aisle of well-stocked supermarkets or at Japanese markets. Instant dashi, soba noodles, bonito flakes, prepared sesame seed and seaweed (such as Mishima brand) and black sesame seeds can be found at Japanese and Asian markets. This recipe makes enough tempura to use with other dishes. Store leftover crumbled tempura in paper bag for a few days; use to top salads, casseroles or anything where you'd like some crunch.

Courses: Salads
Serves: 2 people

Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup 118mlIce water
1/2 cup 55g / 1.9ozTempura batter mix - plus
2 tablespoons 30mlTempura batter mix
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlBaking powder
  Oil - for deep frying
1/4 cup 59mlSoy sauce
1/4 cup 59mlLemon juice
1/4 cup 59mlRice vinegar
1/4 cup 59mlWater
2 teaspoons 10mlSugar
1 teaspoon 5mlSesame oil
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlInstant dashi
4 cups 440g / 15ozMixed salad greens
2 cups 474mlCooked soba noodles
1/2 cup 118mlBonito flakes
1/4 cup 15g / 0.5ozSliced green onions
2 tablespoons 30mlPrepared sesame seeds and seaweed
  Black sesame seeds - for garnish

Recipe Instructions

For the Tempura: Measure ice water into large mixing bowl. Sprinkle batter mix blended with baking powder over ice water. Stir just until ingredients are moistened; do not beat. Batter will be lumpy. If it seems too thick, add more water. Place bowl of batter into bowl of ice water to chill.

Heat oil in deep skillet to 375 degrees. Drizzle batter into pan, a portion at a time, so it just covers surface of oil and fries evenly. Fry until batter browns, turning to brown all sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat, frying until all batter is used. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. When fried batter cools, crumble into small pieces. (Makes about 2 cups)

For the Salad: Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, rice vinegar, water, sugar, sesame oil and instant dashi. Cover and let stand until ready to serve salad.

For each salad, arrange 2 cups mixed greens on serving plate. Top with 1 cup cooked soba noodles, 1/4 cup bonito flakes, 2 tablespoons sliced green onion, 1 tablespoon prepared sesame seeds and seaweed and 1/4 cup crumbled tempura batter. Garnish with sprinkle of black sesame seeds.

This recipe yields 2 servings.

Each serving: 406 calories; 2,520 mg sodium; 15 mg cholesterol; 25 grams fat; 65 grams carbohydrates; 17 grams protein; 2.83 grams fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 08-23-2000


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