Thursday, January 20, 2005

Dinner in less than 15 minutes

This is the easiest, fastest, healthiest dinner going:

2 100g fillets of wild salmon
100g dry soba noodles
2 cups any veg (green beans and su choi for us, last night)
1/8 - 1/4 cup soy sauce
sambal oelek
mirin, corn syrup or sugar
rice wine vinegar
wee bit of sesame oil

First, get out a big pot and a steamer insert that fits in the top of it. Put in a couple litres of water, add some salt, and turn the burner under it to high.

Next, take the skin off the salmon fillets (or better yet, make the fish guy at the store do it for you when you buy it.) Place the de-skinned salmon in the steamer, but don't put the steamer in the pot yet.

Prepare your veggies, if necessary. Bite-sized pieces are good.

When the water comes to a boil, throw the soba in, and, if your veggies are going to take 7 minutes to cook, throw your veggies in too (thick-cut carrots, green beans, broccoli, etc.)

Place the steamer insert in the top of the pot, cover, and set your timer for 7 minutes. Give the water a couple of seconds to come back up to the boil, then turn down the burner to medium.

If you have more veggies that don't take all the 7 minutes to cook, keep track of the time and throw them in with the soba at an appropriate time.

Meanwhile, make the sauce by putting the soy sauce, sesame oil, a couple tablespoons vinegar and a spot of sambal oelek in a small pouring container. Add sweetener until it tastes right for you (you might need to adjust other things, too.)

When the 7 minutes is up, take the steamer off the pot, drain the soba and veg into a collander, then put them back in the pot. Pour most of the sauce into the pot with the soba and veg and toss it around to cover everything. Divide the soba and veg between two plates, put a fillet of salmon on each and pour the remaining sauce over the salmon. Serve and enjoy.


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