Insider's Kitchen

No.243 (9/13/13)

Stamina Eggplant Somen Noodles

By Nao H. Kauffman
Chief Editor

Somen noodles are Japanese dried noodles made from flour. People commonly cook them for a few minutes in hot water and serve cold by cooling them in cold water. Some people have tried to fry them like other Asian bean noodles recently. However, when it comes to summer, somen is just a simple and quick dish to cool off your body. I would like to introduce one of recipes that should give you some stamina for the hot weather.

Ingredients (serving 4):
4 bundles of somen noodles
Two medium sized eggplants
Half onion
Green onion
One clove of garlic
Fresh ginger
1/2 pound ground pork
Two tablespoons salad oil
Two teaspoons TOUBANJAN(Chinese spicy chili paste)
Four tablespoons Mentsuyu (sweetened soy flavored sauce)
Two teaspoons sugar
Four tablespoons sesame paste (or alter with peanut butter)

How to Make:
1.Cook the noodles in hot water for a few minutes and drain the hot water. Leave the noodles in a bowl of cold water and refrigerate them. 2.Chop the eggplant and onion into small square pieces.
3.Chop the green onions, garlic and fresh ginger into tiny pieces.
4.Heat the pan with salad oil and stir fry the garlic and ginger. Add the ground pork, onions and eggplant and fry them altogether.
5.Once everything is heated through, add the spicy sauce, Mentsuyu, sugar, and sesame paste. Stir-fry them well altogether.
6.Serve the cold noodles on a plate after draining the water. Then, add the cooked mixture on top of the noodle. Put green onion on the top before serving. Enjoy!

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