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>> Friday, January 12, 2007

I think I have complained a lot, but this year summer has been hot, hot, hot!!! According to the news, we will have two continuous days of 39C (~100F) next week! Oh my….! However, rather complaining about the weather, I am trying to enjoy the heat. After all, it is summer! With the theme of summer in mind, my entry for this week Weekend Herb Blogging will feature snow pea sprouts, my favorite ingredient for summer salad.

Sprouts are germinated edible seeds such as beans, nuts or grains. They are high in vitamins and minerals. According to this link, during WWII when there was meat shortage in the US, it was advised that sprouts were a cheap and effective alternative to proteins found in common meat. Furthermore, sprouts contain very high level of active antioxidants which are known to prevent DNA destructions and slow down the aging process. With these reasons, we really should use more sprouts in our daily diet! There are various types of sprouts available, which you can have a look here. I am personally more familiar with mung bean sprouts since they are used quite extensively in Asian cooking. Nevertheless, I have been trying other varieties lately and really enjoy them.

Generally, sprouts lose their nutrients during cooking process so it is best to eat them fresh. Some firmer types (like mung bean sprouts) can be stir-fried briefly or added to clear broth just before serving.


I love to enjoy the light and refreshing tastes of sprouts in my summer salad. In a recent “experiment”, I combined green tea soba, snow pea sprouts and a couple of other ingredients for a Japanese-inspired noodle salad. At the time, I lost my appetite due to the heat and wanted something light to eat. Luckily the result was something revitalizing and enjoyable. Since then, it has been the dish I live on to “fight” the summer heat!

Japanese-inspired Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad


Ingredients (for 4 serves)

200g dried green tea soba (cha soba)

185g or more canned tuna in spring water

1 large handful of snow pea sprouts, trimmed

½ Lebanese cucumber, sliced into bite size

2 green onions, green parts only, chopped finely

1 tablespoon of roasted sesame seeds

Japanese pickled pink ginger (beni-shoga), to serve

Dressing

80ml vegetable oil

80ml rice vinegar

2 tsp Japanese soya sauce (shoyu)

1-2 tsp sugar

A dash of sesame oil

Directions

  1. Cook noodles as per package directions, set aside.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar, whisk to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Combine noodles, tuna, snow pea sprouts, cucumber, and green onions in a mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over and toss to combine. Sprinkle with half of the sesame seeds.
  4. Serve with pickled ginger and extra sesame seeds.

This post is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, founded by Kalyn. This week the event is hosted by Coffeepot from Coffee and Cornbread.

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13 comments:

Lakshmiammal,  4:24 AM  

Beautiful pictures!Ware wow!

mandira 2:38 PM  

The green tea soba salad looks delicious. Great pics too!

Precious Moments 5:06 PM  

Not only your dishes are getting more interesting each time, your photography skill is reaching an ultimate. Well done!

Gattina 9:51 PM  

Anh, you have a pair of skillful hands, in taking photo and making ginger rose!
It certainly a great dish for a (super!) hot day.

Gattina 10:43 PM  

oh forgot to add... I like your header! So lovely so elegant! I'm still fooling mine, hehee...

Angie 12:31 AM  

Anh, it's such a surprise hopping over now, what a lovely new blogskin, and your photography is excellent!!! I'm so envious!! :p

Kalyn 12:33 AM  

I see everyone else has said it before me, but what beautiful photos of this salad. It looks fantastic.

WhItE_PoPlAr 10:01 AM  

Lakshmiammal, thank you.

Mandira, the salad was delicious, I loved it!

Edith, *blush*. Thanks for supporting me all along.

Gattina, the ginger rose took me less than 1 min to make. So easy... I am struggling with blogger now to get the header right!

Angie, I am envious still with your chocolate bread lah...

Kalyn, thank you!

sher 11:41 AM  

Those photos are perfection!!! I love recipes like this!

Ruth Daniels 11:27 PM  

Absolutely beautiful photos. So glad I found your site when visiting the WHB round up.

I'll definitely be back.

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