Thursday, August 1, 2013

Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁)



Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁)

It’s the middle of Summer and the temperature sure is keeping us hot!  Are you also getting high 90s degree (F) in your area like we do?  I often found myself craving for something cold for lunch and dinner.  Yet, I want something substantial that would keep me full and packed with energies.  So when I need to chase the kids at the park or play that extra 10 minutes of soccer, I don’t feel weak and hungry.  Or maybe it’s just me getting old, I feel that I’m out of breath after just 15 minutes of run.  Okay, walk is more like it, who am I kidding!?  Anyhow, I make pasta salad quite often in the summer.  But I found myself always go back to this Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁).  This truly is my family’s favorite lunch and dinner when the weather is too hot to have a bowl of steamed rice or hot noodle soup. 


Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁)

You might remember the Chicken Cold Noodle from my Little Girl’s birthday party (see picture below).  It’s basically the same idea of a cold noodle but with slightly different ingredients.  The version I made for the party has the same dressing and noodles, but I used slightly different toppings.  For the party, I used rotisserie chickens, Baby cucumbers, carrots and green onions.   

Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁)

The recipe that I’m sharing today (see picture below) includes ham, red/orange bell pepper, carrots, baby cucumbers, and green onions.  I garnish it with a couple of bird’s eye chilies that I crafted into flowers blossoms.  This chili is extremely hot so if you don’t like spicy food, you can omit that.  But you can always use a milder chili and make the same garnish if you’re serving it at parties and gatherings.  I omitted the bell peppers in the noodles I made for the party because some guests are allergic to them.  But the bell peppers really adds a nice crunch and sweetness to this dish.  So, if you are okay with the bell peppers, use them!

Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁)

Want to see how I prepare this refreshing and scrumptious Asian Summer Noodle?  Follow me to the kitchen.

For this Asian Summer Noodle recipe, the main ingredient of course is the noodle.  I used this fresh spaghetti noodle (see picture below) that I bought from the Chinese supermarket.  I know, I think my local Chinese market is getting very diversified!  I totally love that!  You can also use any fresh egg noodles you have on hand.  I love this particular one because the texture is wonderful.  It remains “bouncy” and el dente even after chilling in the fridge overnight without turning starchy.  Maybe I’m picky?  But I really dislike starchy noodles.  If you’ve ever tasted some chilled white rice straight from the fridge, you know what I’m taking about.  Yeah, I don’t recall how I got that experience to begin with, but I did.  So, using fresh noodles is very important for this recipe.  It’ll make a difference.  This is a two pound bag noodle and my recipe only calls for one pound.  You can keep the unused portion in a freezer bag and only defrost it in the fridge overnight before use.  They will be as nice as fresh.   

Fresh Spaghetti

Now, onto the garnish, the curled green onions and chili blossoms.  This is a trick that I learned as kid, watching my parents cook.  I was so fascinated by how the ingredients transformed themselves with just a simple trick. 

1) First cut the green onions into 2 inches sections.  Then, thinly slice them vertically.
2) Split the chili vertically and carefully into 5 or 6 sections, depending on the size.  The bigger the chili, the more number of incision you can make.
3) Soak the cut up chili in a small bowl of iced water and watch the “blossom” opens up one by one right before your eyes.  Speaking of eyes, no matter what happens, don’t rub your eyes after you’ve handled the chili.  Especially if you have forgotten to use a pair of glove, like me!  Oh my!
4) Soak the green onions in a separate bowl of iced water.  They will curl up in no time.  By he way, the darker part of the green onion will curl up better than the white part, and they are milder in taste compare to the white and light green parts.  So, use the whole green onion and don’t waste any piece! 

Pretty easy, isn’t it?  Now, you can make your own edible garnish at home easily.   Not only they are pretty to look at, they add lots of flavors to the dish as well.

Pictorial for Garnish

Let’s move on to the dressing.  This dressing couldn’t be more easy to prepare, yet packed with wonderful and complex flavors.  Here’s how I made it.

I) First, place the toasted sesame seeds in a small food processor.
II) Process the sesame seeds alone until it’s powdery.
III) Add the rest of the ingredients (see recipe below) into the food processor.
IV) Blend until everything is smooth.  And that’s it.  Keep the dressing in the fridge until ready to serve.

Since my kids love this noodle, I keep the dressing on the milder side and only used 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.  But if you love a little more kick, by all means add another teaspoon of Dijon mustard or whatever amount you preferred.  Just taste the dressing along the way and adjust it to your own liking.  Add a little at a time because you can always add more, but you can’t remove an ingredient from the mix.  

Note:  Please click here to see the bottle of the Japanese Mayo that I used.


Pictorial for Dressing

Now, onto the main ingredients.  Here’s how I prepared them.

A) Julienned the cucumbers, bell peppers and carrots and keep them separated.  I cut all of them in approximately 2-inch length. Set aside.
B) Prepare a large bowl of ice water and have it close by.
C) In a large sauce pan, bring the water to a boil.  Blanch the carrots for a minute or two until crisp tender, depending on the thickness.
D) With a slotted spoon, remove the carrots into the prepared bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
E) Place the carrots onto a clean kitchen paper towel and gently pat them dry.  Set aside.
F) In the same pot of hot water, let the water return to a boil.  Cook the noodles until el dente, according to the package’s instructions.  Mine were done in only 3 minutes.  Remember, fresh noodles cook a lot faster than dried ones.  When the noodles are done, drain them in a colander and pour iced water over the noodles to stop the cooking process.


Pictorial for Noodle

Last but not least, toss the noodles with the rest of the ingredients along with the dressing and enjoy.  Keep in mind, the noodle taste even better when it’s well chilled.  So, they actually taste better the next day.  The Dijon and Sesame Dressing is truly amazing.  It’s fragrant and very flavorful.  The light soy sauce (生抽)gives the dressing the depth and complex of flavors.  Remember to use the light soy sauce and not the dark one.  The dark soy sauce (老抽) is less salty, thicker and much darker in color compared to the light soy sauce.  I usually use the dark one for marinade only or when I need a deeper color in a dish.  Most Chinese supermarkets carry both, so make sure you get the right one.  Quite often, I only see the “light” soy sauce in American market. 


Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁)

This recipe is perfect for summer parties and gatherings.  Be prepared that your guests will all ask you for the recipe after they’ve tried it.  One last tip before you go, if you’re serving this for parties, make it a day ahead of time.  But instead of tossing all ingredients together.  Do what I did.  Spread the cooked noodles on a large plate or platter, then place all the ingredients around the plate in sections as shown in the picture below.  Place the green onions and chili blossom in the middle, then cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.  That makes a more beautiful presentation.  Place the dressing in a bowl, covered and keep refrigerated.  For the party, I doubled the whole recipe.  Also, I serve the dressing on the side for the guests to drizzle as much or as little as they want. 

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try because I know you’re going to love it as much as my family does.  Stay cool and happy cooking!

Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁)





Asian Summer Noodle With Dijon Sesame Dressing (夏の中華冷麵配芝麻芥末醬汁):
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients for the Sesame Dressing:

1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup Japanese Mayo
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
 
Ingredients for the Summer Noodle and garnish:

1 pound fresh noodle (egg noodle and spaghetti works well)
8 ounces deli ham, julienned (or you can use rotisserie chicken)
2 carrots, julienned
6 baby cucumbers, julienned (or 1/2 an English cucumber)
1 orange or red bell pepper, julienned
3 green onions, julienned
a couple of fresh chili for garnish, optional

To prepare the dressing:

I) First, place the toasted sesame seeds in a small food processor.

II) Process the sesame seeds alone until it’s powdery.

III) Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor.

IV) Blend until everything is smooth. And that’s it. Keep the dressing in the fridge until ready to serve.

To prepare the garnish:

1) First cut the green onions into 2 inches sections. Then, thinly slice them vertically.

2) Split the chili vertically into 5 or 6 sections, depending on the size. The bigger the chili, the more number of incision you can make.

3) Soak the cut up chili in a small bowl of iced water and watch the “blossom” opens up one by one right before your eyes.

4) Soak the green onions in a separate bowl of iced water. They will curl up in no time. By the way, the darker part of the green onion will curl up better than the white part, and they are milder in taste compare to the white and light green parts.


To prepare the noodle:

A) Julienned the cucumbers, bell peppers and carrots. I cut all of them in approximately 2-inch length. Set aside.

B) Prepare a large bowl of ice water.

C) In a large sauce pan, bring the water to a boil. Blanch the carrots for a minute or two until crisp tender, depending on the thickness.

D) With a slotted spoon, remove the carrots into the prepared bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

E) Place the carrots onto a clean kitchen paper towel and gently pat them dry. Set aside.

F) In the same pot of hot water, let the water return to a boil. Cook the noodles until el dente, according to the package’s instructions. Mine were done in only 3 minutes. Remember, fresh noodles cook a lot faster than dried ones. When the noodles are done, drain them in a colander and pour iced water over the noodles to stop the cooking process.

To serve, toss all ingredients together.  Drizzle as much dressing as you need, to taste.   You might not need all of the dressing.

123 comments:

  1. This is so refreshing!! Not to mention good for you.

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    1. Thank you, Belinda. Yes, my family can probably eat this every day in the summer, too. :P

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  2. I would love to try this "cold mee", looks so refreshing! Love the colours!

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    1. Thank you, Jozelyn. Give this a try soon. I'm sure you'll love it. :) The dressing is really simple and amazing too.

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  3. Such a colourful noodles and so refreshing too Amy. Loved all the pics.

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    1. Thank you, Rekha. Yes, this summer noodle is super refreshing. Glad you like it too. :) Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  4. These looks SO good! Fab recipe and the pics are awesome. Normally, this time of year, it's warm here. This year, though, we are enjoying temps akin to what we'd see in September. It's unbelievably comfy. Have a great Thursday! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Tina. Glad you like this recipe. I know, the thermometer is showing me a pretty comfy number. But I guess it's because I'm always out, with the kids, baking, cooking, all these activities keep me feeling warm, even feeling hot! So, I always long for something cool for lunch or dinner. :)

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  5. I love the presentation of this! And that dressing. Sesame can never go wrong in my book!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. I agree, I love sesame dressing. :) Wish you a great weekend ahead.

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  6. Oooo this looks really refreshing, reminds me of the Korean cold noodle dish.

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    1. Thank you, Baby Sumo. Glad you love this summer noddle. :) Hehe...any cold noddle dish would work for me in the summer! Have a great weekend ahead.

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  7. Can’t get enough of the flavour. So complex, right?

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    1. Oh yeah...you're going to love this dressing. Really refreshing and tasty.

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  8. The colors alone are so appetizing.
    What a wonderful walk through you gave us.
    It would take me days to type that out.
    Thank you so much..love the curly veggies:-)

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love the pictorial. :) Actually it didn't take me to long to type it up. hehehe...

      Have a great weekend.

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  9. I absolutely adore cold noodles. I'm used to the Japanese ramen kind - yes, with the packets of sauce. Your homemade version is clearly tons better. I love all the toppings and the sound of the dijon sesame dressing. Yum!

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    1. Oh...I used to get the Japanese ramen cold noodles a lot too when I was in college. :P But for the kids, I try to make them from scratch, whenever possible. Actually, it's not that much of work more than the packaged ones. The dressing is super easy to put together. :)

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  10. This will definitely make a refreshing light lunch, would love to try it out :)

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    1. Thank you. Give it a try soon. I'm sure you'll love it. I make this at least once a week in the summer.

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  11. This is so colorful!I would never think to combine dijon with asian ingredients but it sounds so delicious. I can't wait to try this for the next disgustingly hot day we have ;)

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    1. Thank you, Amy. Oh the dijon is really good in here. Gives the dressing a lovely kick. ;) I'm sure you'll love it too after you try. Enjoy.

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  12. For a moment, I thought CNY is near! Such clever use of Dijon dressing, Amy!

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    1. Hehe....is this dish popular for CNY? :P I made these all the time especially in Summer. Just because it's too hot to eat hot noodles. Didn't know they are good for CNY too.

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  13. Can't wait to try that dressing. But the rest of it is to gorgeous to eat. Just kidding! Can't wait.

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    1. Thank you, Abbe. Oh yeah, this dressing is amazing. I love how simple it is to prepare too. Enjoy! ;)

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  14. That's a beautiful dish! It's perfect for Summer and good for yoU!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thank you, Kim. Glad you love this summer noodle. ;)

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  15. Your dishes are always so colourful and pretty. I have not eaten this before. Really wonder how the taste is like.

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Oh, you've got to give this a try. It's my family's favorite summer dish. :)

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  16. A good salad always makes me happy. Such a colorful and flavorful combo. Loved it. Thanks for sharing Amy!
    Shema | LifeScoops

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    1. Thank you, Shema. Glad you like it. :)

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  17. Looks delightful Amy! I love these cold noodle dishes, especially on a hot day. Delicious! :)

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thank you, Anne. Glad you like my cold noodle dish. :) Wish you a wonderful Sunday.

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  18. Ohhh!!! Anything Asian gets me excited. I see that you have used spaghetti but mine will be the egg noodles. Great flavors and yum once again.

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    1. Thank you, Navaneetham. Yes, the package says spaghetti but they tasted more like fresh egg noodles and I got them from a Chinese supermarket. So, use whatever you preferred. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

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  19. This looks so fresh and colorful! I know I'd love it!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. This summer noodle is my family's favorite summer dish. I'm sure you'll love it too. :)

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  20. Love the colors in this salad. I can only imagine how delicious this is.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Glad you like this cold noodle. :)

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  21. Amy this is beautiful. It reminds me of a chef salad with noodles only better. Great tutorial and photos. I will definitely save this recipe to try later.

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    1. Thank you, Vicki. Give this a try soon. I'm sure it'll be your family's favorite as well. ;) Have a beautiful week ahead of you!

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  22. Amy your pictures are stunning. Love how colorful and healthy this salad looks. I really wish someone could make this for me now..

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    1. Thank you, Asha. Oh, this truly is a refreshing cold noodle. Hope you'll give this a try soon. :) Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  23. I'm so going to make this! I do want to ask how Asian mayo is different than (say Hellmans) can I substitute or will it make a big difference? Thank you Amy :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your question, Shannon. The Japanese Mayo tastes quite different than the regular ones. To me, the Japanese Mayo is more rich and flavorful because it contains more egg yolks compared to Hellman's, or Best Food's. It's available in most Asian markets or you can order online. But if you can't find it, you can substitute with regular mayo as well. Below is a link to the Japanese Mayo I use for your reference so you know how it looks.

      (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00023T3IA/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00023T3IA&linkCode=as2&tag=a0464-20)

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  24. So good for hot hot evenings! I want.

    ~Jayne (tenacioustinkering.com)

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    1. Oh yeah....these are perfect for hot summer days! :) Glad you like it, Jayne.

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  25. Amy, this is such a wonderful cold summer noodle salad! I love all the colourful veggies.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Glad you love my summer noodle. :) Have a lovely week ahead of you.

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  26. Such a colorful d=salad,would love to try it

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    1. Thank you, Harini. I'm sure you'll love this summer noodle too. Hope you'll give it a try soon. Have a beautiful week ahead.

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  27. I love how colorful the dish is, it looks gorgeous on the plate! Plus it sounds perfect for summer :)

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    1. Thank you, Ann. Glad you love the vibrant colors from the ingredients of this summer salad too. :)

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  28. I already feel cool after looking at all the beautiful pictures. I am so glad that it hasn't been too hot in LA these couple of weeks. But I know it will get hot soon! I am definitely saving this recipe for those summer days. This would be a great way to cool off!

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    1. Thank you. :) Glad you love this summer noodle too. This is my family's favorite summer dish.

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  29. LOVE Asian summer noodle salads. It is usually so colorful, healthy, summery, light and delicious :)

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    1. Thank you, Kiran. Glad you like this summer noodle. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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    1. Oh yes it is. Hope you'll give this a try soon. So perfect for hot summer days.

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  31. Healthy dish !!! Summer noodles looks awesome and colorful...love the presentation Amy...

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    1. Thank you, Gayathri. Glad you love this summer noodle too.

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  32. Una verdadera delicia de ensalada muy saludable se ve muy hermosa también,hugs,hug.

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    1. gracias. espera que usted ama esta receta de fideos fríos. Es muy bueno para los días calurosos de verano.

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  33. Oh my! this looks like something I'd love!

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    1. Give it a try soon. I'm sure you'll love it. It's my family's favorite summer dish.

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  34. I think your salad looks very festive, good for CNY loh sang lol! Beautiful dish!

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    1. Thank you, Jeannie. Hehe...didn't think of this is an CNY dish when I was making this. But when you mentioned, it does looks like the Loh Sang that's so popular in Malaysia. :)

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  35. Two teaspoons of Dijon for me, please. Wonderful recipe - love the terrific combo of flavors and textures. It's been hot here, too, although we've backed off of the 90s and most days are in the 80s, thank goodness. But it's still hot enough that this would be very refreshing. Good stuff - thanks.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, amen to 2 teaspoons of Dijon! LOL....

      I know....it's around high 80s here as well. But I still think it's way too hot for any hot food. :P

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  36. Amy, I have never seen such a joyful colourful noodle dish in my life! Such an array of different ingredients, textures, flavours and of course the bright hues! I'm already in love and will try your recipe very soon (it's so hot here I crave cold meals all the time).

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    1. Thank you, Sissi. Oh, please try this soon. I'm sure you'll love it as much as my family does. They've been requesting me to make this over and over again. :)

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  37. So lovely and colorful! This looks like a really delicious dish, great stuff.

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. This cold noodle is so good. It's been my family's summer favorite.

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  38. Hey, you got nice blog. This dish is so colorful and good.

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you love this cold noodle dish. :)

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  39. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love this--it looks so festive and healthy! What a great salad to make for a party to show your guests that 'you cared' without making something too heavy to eat for summer!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love this cold noodle. :) It's really light and refreshing. My family request this a lot in the summer.

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  40. Such an amazing dish! Love the freshness, the flavours and bursting colors. Awesome post!

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you love this refreshing cold noodle too. :) Have a beautiful Friday and weekend ahead.

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  41. This looks like a wonderful salad, dressing included!

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    1. Thank you, Kari. Glad you love this cold noodle recipe. :)

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  42. lovely flavors, a confetti burst and really the mustard makes this dish divine....perfect for summers :-)

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    1. Thank you, Kumars. I agree, the mustard is amazing in the dressing. Adds such a depth of flavor. :) Glad you love it too. Happy Friday and have a great weekend ahead.

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  43. Dear Amy, The weather was very hot here for a while, now it has thankfully cooled down.
    I hope your weather will break for you soon too.
    I agree it is too hot when the weather is in the 90's to cook!
    This looks like it would hit the spot. It is fresh and healthy and makes a very pretty presentation.
    The dressings looks wonderful too. I know I would like it very much.
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. Thank you, Catherine. Glad you love this refreshing summer noodle. :) It's my family favorite dish to have in hot weather.

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  44. Amy, this is the kind of meal that i am craving now...light and tasty...love the dressing!
    Thanks for the recipe and have a fabulous week ahead :D

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    1. Thank you, Juliana. Glad you love this summer noodle and dressing. Hope you'll give this a try soon. IT's really amazing.

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  45. Wow, what a great recipe and great photos to go with it. I love it when people show packaged products because I am not always sure what is best to buy...thanks! I would eat this salad in a heartbeat and make it over and over, it looks that good!

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    1. Thank you, Kayte. :) Glad you love this Summer noodle too. Hope you'll give it a try. My family request for this noodle all the time in the summer.

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  46. What a great cold dish! And so pretty and colourful too.

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    1. Thank you, Trishie. Glad you love this summer noodle. Hope you'll give it a try when it's summer there.

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    1. Thank you, Gloria. Glad you like this summer noodle. :) Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  48. My favorite kind of summer salad -- full of color and texture. You have me craving this big time! ;)

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love this Summer noodle too. My family asks for this all the time in the summer.

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  49. This is so gorgeous! It's been hot where I live too, and I love the idea of making this fresh, cool salad for dinner. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Glad you like this summer noodle too. :) Enjoy and have a great weekend.

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  50. It is very,VERY pretty! Though lots of prep time... there is a russian salad that i love (also summer salad) but don't make often because of all the cutting involved. Your dressing sounds really gooooood! Maybe I'll just try the dressing ;)

    oh and here is the russian/ukrainian salad recipe from Natasha if you're curious:
    http://natashaskitchen.com/2010/06/21/russian-vinaigrette-recipe-with-beets-and-sauerkraut/

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    1. Thank you. :) Well, it's really isn't that much prep work. Maybe because I cut quite fast, so it didn't really take that long. :) The Russian is really gorgeous with the beet. The dicing seems more work as it's so tiny. But guess that dicing tool really helps keep all of them in the same size. :) I would love to try that recipe.

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  51. I was eating noodles for lunch while I was in Japan because it's so hot. Now back in SF, it's so cold to enjoy cold noodles and cold treats. I cannot believe it but I truly miss hot summer. I should move down to Southern California. ;) These noodles look so pretty, Amy!

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    1. Thank you, Nami. I know, it's always so cool up there in your area. I kind of love it though. :P Hope you had a nice summer vacation in Japan and I can't wait to see where you went and ate this time. :)

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  52. Amy this is such a beautiful dish! In the UK we've been getting mixed weather lately, but we did have a heatwave recently and this salad is perfect :-)

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    1. Thank you, Joy. Hope you'll give this summer noodle a try. It's truly refreshing and especially great on hot summer days. ;) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  53. Hi Amy, wow... so colourful and refreshing. Very delicious and appetizing. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe. :)

    Best regards.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. Glad you like this summer noodle recipe. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  54. And you said my Risotto Primavera was colorful.... Look how wonderful all that looks. Refreshing. Bet it is delicious.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Thank you. :) I guess we all eat with our eyes first. Yes, I think your Risotto Primavera is lovely. :) Wish you a great weekend. Take care.

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  55. Hi Amy - what is the difference between Japanese mayo and traditional mayo?

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    1. Thank you so much for your question, Mary. I'm so glad that you asked. The Japanese Mayo tastes quite different than the regular ones. To me, the Japanese Mayo is more rich and flavorful because it contains more egg yolks (in ratio of egg whites) compared to traditional Mayo.

      It's available in most Asian markets, the ethnic isle of regular markets, or you can order online. But if you can't find it, you can substitute with regular mayo as well. Below is a link to the Japanese Mayo I use for your reference so you know how it looks.

      (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00023T3IA/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00023T3IA&linkCode=as2&tag=a0464-20)

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  56. I wish our summer was hot. Most of the days have been cool, cloudy, and rainy :( I still love salads like this. Such a great dinner.

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  57. Pure gorgeous colorful ART.

    I'd eat this every. single. day. xx

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    1. Thank you my Dear friend. Glad you like it. Yes, my kids can eat this everyday. LOL...that's how often they requested this dish in the summer. :) have a beautiful weekend.

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  58. Gorgeous colors! That looks so delicious!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like it, Erika. Yes, it's really delicious and refreshing too. Have a lovely weekend.

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  59. Your salad looks so pretty. I'm going to have to go on a quest to find fresh noodles.

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    1. Thank you. Oh...hope you'll find some soon as they are way better than the dried noodles. :) Have a great weekend.

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  60. What a beautiful salad! I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks. Love the step-by-step photos too.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like this recipe and the pictorial. :) Hope you'll give this a try. It's really yummy.

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  61. Colorful noodle salad! I usually use 'Hiyashi Cyuuka' instant noodle but great to have this recipe as backup. This is really a wonderful Summer dish.

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    1. Thank you. hehe....I used to eat a lot of Hiyashi Cyuuka instant noodle when I was in high school! Now, I prefer to make things from scratch for the kids. But I still love the convenience of instant noodle for myself every once in a while. :) Wish you a lovely weekend ahead.

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