Author Notes: This is a colorful dish of surprising textures, a fun dish to exprerience blindfolded! Creamy but toothsome noodles are tossed with the smoky, crunchy and chewy elements of tea smoked salmon, kale, edamame and tobiko, all spiked with a bit of lemon, wasabi, and sesame oil. - LE BEC FIN
Kale Preparation, Noodle Preparation, and Salad Assembly
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 5 ounces kale leaves (central vein removed),chopped into 1” pieces, soaked and drained
- 1/2 cup shelled cooked edamame
- 4-5 tablespoons lemon sesame mayonnaise
- 14 ounces cooked weight of Asian flour green tea noodles, al dente
- 4-6 tablespoons Lemon Sesame Aioli
- 2-4 teaspoons tamari (or Japanese soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons tobiko*
- 4 teaspoons Toasted black sesame seeds
- 4-5 ounces tea smoked salmon, pulled into 1/2-1" pieces
- Heat a wok or heavy skillet (not non-stick) over highest heat til just begins to smoke. Add oil til hot enough that you cannot hold your hand over the oil. Quickly add the kale and stirfry a few minutes til tender. Transfer to a bowl and cool. Add edamame and lemon sesame aioli. Set aside for an hour.
- Thoroughly combine noodles through tamari. If time allows, set aside for an hour.Taste and adjust seasonings. (Noodles absorb salt and flavors so may need to add more tamari or mayo.)
- Combine kale mixture with noodles; taste and adjust seasoning. Combine thoroughly with tobiko and sesame seeds. Add tea smoked salmon and combine gently so as not to break up the salmon.
- Note: Tamari has a deeper, richer and more complex flavor than soy sauce.
- * Tobiko is tiny crunchy bright orange flying fish roe. They have a lovely mild taste of the sea. They are great for adding texture and as a coloful garnish.They can be found in the refrigerated or frozen section of most Asian markets. Black sesame seeds are also in Asian markets.
Lemon Sesame Aioli:
- 1/2 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Japanese Sesame Oil (Maruhon is my favorite)
- 1 teaspoon Tamari ( or Japanese soy sauce)
- 1 teaspoon fresh wasabi paste (gritty is best)*
- Combine all thoroughly (except salmon) with a fork. Adjust seasoning , adding salmon last so as not to break up.. .
- Tea Smoked Salmon recipe to follow