Rei-kishimen, fresh noodles for a tropical lunch

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We are now having a nice Summer weather, as during official Summer, we were inside a sauna. So it’s ideal to lunch with rei men (chilled noodles) and enjoy hot weather fruits.
You don’t see the noodles ? It’s because they are hidden under.

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They are kishimen, a type of flat udon particularly popular in Aichi, the region of Nagoya. (read more)
Served cold, they remind some white Chinese noddles they serve in Pekin’s streets.

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Salmon slices ready for sashimi (it has to be frozen, don’t forget if the fishmonger didn’t do it).

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Ceviche : I just covered with kabosu citrus juice cut at 50% with water, kabosu zest, a little sea salt. Let only a few minutes. The more you wait, the more your fish will be cooked.

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My grandma’s technique to cut parsley thinly (yep, with scissors).

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4 layers :
-a bed of grated cucumbers and minced parsley, slightly salted and later pressed to get out excess water
kishimen noodles, boiled, refreshed in iced water
-onion slices (salted, let, rinsed) and kikuna chrysanthemum greens
-salmon kabosu ceviche

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Mix and you have a very fresh salad meal.

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Dragon fruit and litchis for dessert. Natto-wasabi as a side :

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Carrot tsuyu for hand-pulled somen noodles

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Today somen, Japanese Summer chilled vermicelli, with two particularities.

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I have finer and better noodles than average. They are more expensive because they are still made traditionally.

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手延そうめん tenobe somen. Hand-pulled vermicelli noodles.
On the site of the brand 揖保乃糸Ibonoito (click here) you can see old prints of hand-making of these noddles. They have been introduced in Japan from China hundreds of years ago.

Here is a series of videos on how they are actually made now. Yes, there are 11 videos. Needless to say I’m not going to make mines so soon.

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I have seen this in a shop. I made carrot juice to make the tsuyu (dipping sauce). I’ve simply added grate fresh young ginger and a little shoyu soy sauce to the juice.

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Garnishing items : goya squash, red sweet chili, molokheya leaves, eringi tsukemono and tomato agar.
It’s called kake-somen or bukakke-somen when you pour the tsuyu on top.

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Today’s ramen, tan tan tan…

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Inspired by tan tan men. But it’s really free style with what I had in stock. That was delicious.

Boiled ramen noodles and bok choi.

The ground mix : azuki beans, minced onion and garlic, chili paste, spices, stir-fried.

Added hot broth, and sesame paste (black and white, that’s why it’s gray). The paste is not very aesthetic, but it brings fat and creaminess. More chili. And parsley.

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Some tempura (onion and tsubomina), as a side, to place on top.

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Saffranic kare-udon (Japanese noodles in curry)

Triple knot ? That’s the mark of the evil saffron…

Today kare-udon. It’s a popular Japanese casual dish.
kare for curry, usually Japanese curry. And udon are those thick white pasta, that exists in several size (click here for udon post).

Udon noodles. I buy them fresh. I boil them 2 minutes in boiling water.

My special yellow curry. It’s Thai yellow curry paste, thick coconut milk, a few more spices (turmeric, ajowan, fennel, black pepper…). Safran ? No, that would be lost in this. That’s the Asian safran, turmeric. Some broad beans and a red sweet chili for proteins and color.

And we mix that…

Curried udon !

Shako ebi : somen chilled vermicelli and Summer shrimpettes

These small grey and pink shrimps are shako ebi from Hyogo (prefecture of Kobe), Oratosquilla oratoria in English. It’s season now. They remind me of the small grey shrimps of the North Sea.

Well, I say shrimpettes because I don’t want to frighten readers too much. But they are to shrimps what Godzilla is to whales. It seems it’s a cross between a shrimp and a mantis that eat its male. Read here.

I simply boiled them and ate them still warm.

Deliciously fine.

Fresh ginger (more about it soon).

Chilled somen wheat vermicelli. To eat dipped in tsuyu broth.

Serial udon (Japanese white wheat noodles)