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Harusame Noodle Salad

January 13, 2012
Harusame noodles

Harusame noodles after cooking

Harusame noodle Salad

Harusame Noodle Salad

Harusame are clear noodles made of potato starch and are often used in Japanese cooking. Here I have given them a light sesame dressing, which is used in many Japanese salads.

Harusame Noodle Salad

Serves 4 as a side salad

3.5 oz dried harusame noodles (about a handful)

2 small cucumbers, about 5 or 6 inches long

1 medium carrot

1 green onion, white and green parts, minced


2 Tb *rice vinegar, warmed

1 Tb plus 1 tsp soy sauce

1 ½ tsp sugar

¼ tsp salt

1 Tb  sesame oil

Prepare the vegetables:  Trim the ends of the cucumber and discard. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber lengthwise, but leave some of the peel on.  Slice the cucumber in very thin rounds crosswise. Place in a bowl.  Next peel the carrot and slice thinly at a diagonal. Place in the same bowl as the cucumbers. Set aside.

Make the dressing: In a small bowl, add the vinegar and soy sauce, then add the sugar to it to and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add to it the salt and sesame oil.

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the harusame noodles to the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain the noodles in a sieve or colander. Run cold water over the noodles for 20 seconds. This washes the noodles of extra starch and stops the cooking. Drain the noodles well. Place the noodles in a large bowl; add the cut vegetables and pour the dressing over the top. Mix the salad well to coat the noodles and vegetables with the dressing. Garnish the salad with minced green onion.

*Rice vinegar is best in this recipe. To make a substitution, use 1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.

Ingredients needed to make harusame noodle salad


Peel cucumbers lengthwise while keeping some of the peel on

This creates a decorative effect when slicing the cucumbers crosswise.

Sliced cucumbers

If the cucumber peel is very tough, just remove it completely.

Sliced carrots

Slicing the carrots on a bias or diagonal creates a pretty effect, but you can cut them in rounds, your choice. Please slice them thin, so they can soften in the salad. Next, let’s make the dressing in another bowl.

Add vinegar

Tip: Warm the vinegar before adding the sugar to help the sugar dissolve.

Next the soy sauce

Adding sugar and salt (not pictured). Stir to dissolve

Last the sesame oil; mix the dressing together with a spoon

Set the dressing aside. Now, let’s get to cooking the noodles.

Dried harusame noodles need to cook for 5 minutes

Put 4 quarts of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the harusame noodles all at once and give a quick stir with a spoon.

Drain and run cold water over the noodles to stop the cooking

Harusame noodles are ready to be mixed with the cut vegetables and dressing

Pour dressing over the salad and mix well to coat

Serve in a large bowl garnished with minced green onion or serve on individual plates.

L says "this was my favorite food today!"

Kids rating: GOOD


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