Somen Salad is a cold noodle salad that usually is studded with omelette, char shu, and fish cake. This salad is so popular with folks that if you go to a 7-11 in Hawaii, you can find pre made cartons of it in the deli section! My version has chicken breast, I roasted and shredded, Maui Gold pineapple, gorgeous French butter radishes, and I even crisped up the chicken skin for a crunchy bit of texture (think gluten free crouton!). I used the classic dressing. —Alexandra V. Jones
Seasoned rice wine vinegar
Toasted sesame oil
dried somen noodles
skin, bone in chicken breast halves.
head romaine, shredded, iceberg is traditional, use it if you prefer.
fresh pineapple chunks, I use Maui gold pineapples whenever I find them.
depending on size, scallions thinly, sliced.
radishes, I used gorgeous French Butter variety, but you can sub in another veggie you like or that is in season.
toasted sesame seeds
chopped cilantro, use another herb if cilantro ain’t your thing
Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until juices run clear when you press a fork into the chicken. After it's done cover with foil for 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove skin and set aside if you are planning on pan frying to use as a garnish. Shred meat and set aside.
Emulsify dressing ingredients with a hand blender or by using a whisk. Check salt levels and add a pinch if you think it needs it, you will have to use your "inner chef" to make that call. Refrigerate until salad is ready to serve.
Prepare noodles,place in boiling for three minutes in salted water. Drain, and rinse with cold water. Put in a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to assemble the salad.
Layer ingredients as you prefer or mix it all together and serve. If you want to try the crispy chicken skin, in a skillet over medium high heat, add a few drops of cooking oil, add skin, make sure you remove any fat or unsavory stuff off of the skin by scraping with a butter knife. Cook and few minutes and flip, making sure it is gold brown and crispy.