is a Japanese summer dish composed of fine wheat noodles
served in chilled water with garnishes. Doesn't sound
too great, does it? But when I tried it, I was pleasantly
surprised, enough so that even though this isn't something
for a bento box, I'm cheating and posting about it anyway.
It's simple to make. Take a cup of water, mix in
some hon-dashi (fish stock), and set it in the freezer.
While that's chilling down, boil a package of somen
noodles for two minutes, then drain them and rinse them
with cold water. Put the noodles in a bowl, cover with
the chilled water, add an ice cube if you like, and
add some garnishes. In the bowl pictured here I used
some shiitake cooked according to the chirashi-zushi
recipe and some thinly-sliced cucumber. Feel free to
put in whatever appeals to you.
At the time I made this I had a dipping sauce recipe,
but not the ingredients it listed, so I just mixed a
dash each of soy sauce, mirin, and rice wine vinegar,
then dabbed it onto the noodles with my chopsticks.
Next time I make these, I'll try a more proper dipping