19 February 2011

daring cook: cold soba salad (success!) and tempura (fail)

Blog-checking lines: The February 2011 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by Lisa of Blueberry Girl. She challenged Daring Cooks to make Hiyashi Soba and Tempura. She has various sources for her challenge including,, and

adding dried noodles to boiling water a handful at a time
as I added more noodles to the saucepan, I used them to move already
cooking noodles to keep them from sticking
using a fork to separate last noodles added to saucepan

Horrifically late Daring Cook post this month tee hee! I made everything last week but because of moving to another town I've been running around getting my car sorted, seeing friends etc. etc.

bringing noodles to boil, adding cold water, and bringing to boil again
until noodles are cooked

The soba salad was delicious and my little brother even liked it! Because Japanese food is always presented beautifully with everything sliced and diced to perfection I think I'll be using Japanese cuisine to work on my knife skills this year!

removing starch from noodles to prevent them from sticking together

The salad was very easy and quick to prepare and because there wasn't much 'real' cooking, it was also very relaxing to prepare.

making spicy dipping sauce - very good!

The flavours of the spicy (mustard spicy) dressing were lovely with the nutty noodles and even though I thought the crisp texture of the veges would be lovely with the soft noodles, my favourite accompiament was actually the slices of creamy avocado (though a little harder to eat with chopsticks!).

Mum very much enjoyed this. She is wearing a hideous that I
haven't managed to get rid of it yet.
directions for eating: put vege in dipping sauce bowl, add noodles,
mix them both a bit in the sauce then slurp up!

Now, here are my sad excuses for failing with my tempura vegetables: first time ever deep frying anything, stovetop elements not working properly causing the temperature to rise and drop dramatically, didn't realise the cornflour in the tempura batter had clumped together and dropped to the bottom of the bowl resulting in vegetables pretty much being dipped in a batter of water. Ok, I'm done complaining now. Next time I'll be a tempura pro!!

I nearly made an egg tempura!

I made another Japanese meal, tendon, out of the other component of this month's challenge, the tempura vegetables. My version consisted of bowls of warm brown rice topped with tempura veges and a simple dressing called tentsuyu.

crappily 'tempura-ed' zucchini, capsicum, potato, kumara

And here is why I didn't do a lot of cooking beginning of February. I scraped the crap off both my palms going for a run. Owwwwweeeee!

but I didn't cry!

What a depressing and excuses-filled post this has been! Next week I'm starting my culinary course - exciting food times are just beginning!!

Cold Soba Salad
Recipe was brought to the Daring Kitchen by Lisa of Blueberry Girl and can be found here.

You can find other soba noodle salads and successful tempura veges from my fellow Daring Kitchen members here.


Emily said...

Oh dear! Hope no nasty scars!

Take care, lovey.

Emily said...

Hi Miri!

Hope everything going well at your end! and that you are having a fun time at culinary school!

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