In this season of giving thanks, one of the best ways to express gratefulness beyond just saying “Thank You” is through sharing meals. Whether it be potluck parties or holiday celebrations, food is central for bringing people together and showing thankfulness for friendship, companionship and support.
At our own get-togethers, there’s sure to be a fusion of American and Asian cuisines. Not only does this acknowledge both sides of our family heritage, but it is also just simply delicious to include diverse flavor profiles.
I’d like to share with you a recipe that a friend of mine from Japan has shared with me. My Japanese friend brought this wonderful Crunchy Ramen Asian Salad to a potluck lunch at a mutual friend’s house. Her salad was bursting with sweet and tangy flavors and it had a pleasant crunchy texture. I asked her for the recipe, and she kindly shared. It was a great get together, not only because of the delicious food but also because of the company.
I’ve always been a fan of ramen noodle soup (equivalent to comfort food for me), but I didn’t know ramen noodles were edible uncooked. Before you think, “Ew, cold hard raw noodles!” just know this is not the case. Yes, initially the noodles are hard, but about a half hour before serving, just add the dressing. The noodles absorb the dressing, leaving them softened but still crunchy.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have!
Our October blog carnival is about how we give thanks. Check out what cool things my fellow #AsianMomBloggers and their family do during this season of thanks.
- Maria at Bicultural Mama: Crunchy Ramen Asian Salad Recipe
- Grace from HapaMama: Our New Dining Room: A Place to Give Thanks
- Thien-Kim at I’m Not the Nanny: Slowing Down to Give Thanks
- Phyllis of Napkin Hoarder: Three Ways to a Grateful Heart
- Stephanie from Frankly, My Dear: An Attitude of Gratitude