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Enoki somen (aka Enoki mushrooms with somen noodles)

Posted in Mains (Vegetarian), Soups by janet @ the taste space on January 11, 2010

I really enjoy the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. A few ingredients can whip up a quick and tasty dish. I absolutely love enoki mushrooms, which are very popular in Japan. They are white and slender, with a very delicate flavour (they converted me from a mushroom hater). Like most mushrooms, they absorb their taste from the rest of the dish.

In this dish, they are paired nicely, and blend in almost interchangeably with somen noodles (can you spot the tips in the photo?).  Somen noodles are a fine white noodle made with wheat flour, and are the queen of Japanese noodles as they were a favourite of the imperial palaces and Buddhist temples. They are mostly machine-made but homemade noodles are pulled and rested at great lengths to make such slender noodles. Undoubtedly, the thin noodles are a joy to eat. They are typically eaten chilled during the summer months, but this dish, Enoki somen (Enoki mushrooms with somen noodles), adapted from The Japanese Kitchen by Kimiko Barber, pairs both in a warm dashi broth. I wasn’t sure what leftovers would look or taste like, so I modified to recipe to serve 1 and it was very filling.

This was a lovely noodle dish, a cross between noodles and soup.. a soup rather overflowing with noodles, or noodles dressed lightly with broth. Either way, I loved its simplicity and taste. Enjoy!

A note about finding these ingredients in Toronto:

Enoki mushrooms – These can be found in most Asian grocery stores, including those in Chinatown, T&T and Bestwin. I snap them up when they go on sale for 2 packages for $2 at T&T.

Somen noodles – Likewise, they can be found at all Asian stores and well-stocked grocery stores like Loblaws.

For tips about buying mirin, dashi and soy sauce, please see my suggestions, previously posted here and here.

This post is being submitted to this week’s Presto Pasta Nights, hosted by Gay from Scientist in the Kitchen.

Enoki somen (aka Enoki mushrooms with somen noodles)

3 oz dry somen noodles (1 serving)
1 oz fresh enoki mushrooms
3/4 cup dashi (vegetarian)
1 tbsp soy sauce (light if you don’t want to discolour the broth)
1-2 tsp mirin
1 green onion, chopped, to garnish (optional)

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil and add the somen noodles. Cook according to the package’s directions, approximately 2 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.

2. Trim the stalks of the enoki mushrooms, then chop into small pieces.

3. Heat the dashi, soy sauce and mirin in a saucepan, but do not let boil. Add the noodles and mushrooms and cook for approximately 3 minutes, until done.

4. Garnish with green onion, if using.

Serves 1.

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  1. tigerfish said, on January 12, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    I love somen noodles. The enoki mushrooms blend in so well with the noodles!

  2. Ruth said, on January 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Fantastic photos – they have me almost licking the screen! Thanks for sharing such a tasty and simple dish with Presto Pasta Nights.

  3. Gay said, on January 17, 2010 at 5:39 AM

    Love enoki mushrooms though I don’t get it often. Japanese noodles are perfect for cold days like what we have now.

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  5. Joanne said, on January 19, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    I love Japanese food as well. Sometimes it’s all about the simple things in life…

  6. Melody Fury said, on January 25, 2010 at 5:54 AM

    That’s a gorgeous mushroom recipe! Consider submitting it to out Battle Mushroom and win some wild, gourmet mushrooms!

    More details: http://www.gourmetfury.com/beet-n-squash-you/

  7. M said, on January 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Hello there.

    My goodness. What stunning shots.

    I’m a soba noodle gal myself :)

    Sincerely,

    Miss Yu

  8. Heidi said, on March 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    The photos are so amazing. I don’t like mushrooms, but these pictures make me wishto have a plate of them!

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