Mushroom and Noodle Salad with Sesame Sauce

Mushroom and Noodle Salad with Sesame Sauce

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Servings: 4
Calories: 584


  • 4 dried mushroom caps shitake, or Chinese dried mushrooms
  • 1 packet cellophane noodles
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch caster sugar
  • pinch ajinomoto Japanese taste powder (optional)
  • 2 thick slices lean cooked ham cut in strips
  • 1 cucumber sunflower or peanut oil
  • salt

for the sesame sauce:

  • 4 floz sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 floz sweet Japanese vinegar
  • 1 tsp Japanese wasabi powder
  • 3 tbsp Japanese light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp mirin or sweet sake small
  • pinch ajinomoto Japanese taste powder (optional)


  • Cook the Chinese cellophane noodles (a packet usually weighs about 8 - 9 oz (225 - 250 g). Soak these in a bowl of hot water for 30 minutes. Put the dried mushrooms to soak in hot water for 30 minutes, then drain off the water, reserving 5 fl oz (150 ml) of it and squeeze excess moisture out of the mushrooms.
  • Cut the caps into strips. Beat the eggs with a pinch each of salt and caster sugar and a small pinch of ajinomoto taste powder (optional). Heat 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a wide non-stick frying pan and add the beaten egg mixture, tipping the pan this way and that to spread it out thinly all over the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook over a low heat for a few minutes until completely set but not at all browned. Slide the very thin omelette out of the pan on to a plate and cut into strips.
  • Rinse and dry the cucumber; cut off both ends. Rub the entire surface with plenty of salt, leave for a few minutes and then wipe very thoroughly with kitchen paper or a clean cloth. Slice into strips. Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl, diluting with the strained reserved water from the soaked mushrooms.
  • Add the cellophane noodles to the boiling water, cook for 3 minutes only, then drain in a sieve. Cut into short lengths, transfer to a serving bowl, and arrange the ham, cucumber, mushroom and omelette strips all over the surface. Cover and chill. Serve cold with the sesame sauce.
Calories: 584 kcal
Carbohydrates: 42 g
Protein: 13 g
Fat: 39g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 91 mg
Sodium: 301 mg
Potassium: 346 mg
Fiber: 4 g
Sugar: 2 g
Vitamin A: 1898 IU
Vitamin C: 1 mg
Calcium: 46 mg
Iron: 2 mg
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