Friday, January 24, 2014

Seaweed Noodles from "The Legend of Korra"

          Remember that time Bolin took Korra on a date to his favorite restaurant before Korra inadvertently broke his big, sweet heart by kissing Mako in front of him after a bending match (TLoK s.1, ep.5, "The Spirit of Competition")? Poor, lovable Bolin. He's definitely a favorite. And he has great taste in food. The place he took Korra was a Southern Water Tribe restaurant in the Little Water Tribe section of Republic City called Narook's Seaweed Noodlery. He treated her to a meal of seaweed noodles, a common and delicious Southern Water Tribe dish. After his heart was broken, dear Bolin returned to Narook's to drown his sorrows overnight in a bevy of noodle bowls.
          Now you can make your own delicious seaweed noodles for a date, for a "Legend of Korra" dinner party, to combat relationship sadness, or simply because they are so dang yummy and you want some (or because your 3 year old runs toward you excitedly with a little bowl trilling "mushroom soup & seaweed noodles!" because that's how she rolls).


Southern Water Tribe Seaweed Noodles

Ingredients:
1 Container (~1.7 oz) of Nori Furikake (Seaweed Rice Seasoning found at Asian Market)
(I used Nori Fumi Furikake—seaweed & sesame seeds)
2 Large Eggs, beaten
3 Tbsp. Water
1 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
Hot Broth of your choice, esp. wonderful with Southern Water Tribe 5-Flavor Soup

Important Item:
Mortar & Pestle OR Spice Grinder OR Coffee Grinder

Directions:
1. Turn the furikake into a fine powder using a mortar & pestle or grinder (will make about 1/2 cup). In a mixing bowl, whisk the seaweed powder into the flour. In a small bowl beat the eggs & water & then pour it into the seaweed/flour combo. Mix with the dough hook attachment of a handheld or stand mixer until the ingredients are thoroughly combined & a dough is formed. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface & knead until the dough is completely workable. Roll the dough as flat as you can (like really flat) into the shape of a long rectangle. Flour the surface of the dough & then roll it up starting from the short end. Cut the roll into as many thin rounds as you can get & then unroll the resulting spirals to get your noodle strands!
2. Boil a large pot of water & then add a handful of your freshly made seaweed noodles. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are cooked all the way through. Strain the noodles & toss with cold water (strain again). Place the noodles in a serving bowl (or bowls) & cover with hot broth (like Southern Water Tribe 5-Flavor Soup with some added water to dilute it a bit).
Tip: If you have any uncooked noodles left over, hang them from a clothes hanger to dry. To cook, put them in boiling water for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked through.


5 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, these look delicious! Also, your 3 year old sounds adorable!

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  2. I'm definitely going to make these with the 5-flavor soup! Btw, how do you know if the noodles are cooked all the way?

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    1. You can check if the noodles are cooked all the way through by cutting a noodle & seeing if the center is cooked through.

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    2. Okay thanks!

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