Thursday, November 12, 2009

Asian Blogger Gathering & Somen Salad

There are countless blogger events and meet-ups that happen every year. But here is one I cannot and will not miss: Banana. The first ever gathering of Asian American bloggers is happening this month, on November 21st in Los Angeles. The event will include a panel of well-known Asian American bloggers, including Angry Asian Man, the Kimchi Mamas, Minority Militant, and many other cool people. The bonus is that it's happening at University of Southern California, where I work. I will be trekking my Chinese-American self and my little hapa son to the event. If you're around Los Angeles, come check it out!

In honor of my fellow Asian bloggers, I'm posting one of my favorite recipes, somen salad. Somen salad is a Japanese dish that my mother frequently made for our family and various potluck gatherings when I was growing up.

It is simple to make - just chop everything up, and toss it together. It is served cold, with a delicious sesame dressing.

Somen Salad
1 package somen noodles, boiled
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup thinly sliced ham
2 eggs, scrambled and thinly sliced
1 package kamaboko, thinly sliced
3 stalks green onion, chopped

2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cooking oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Lay somen in 9x13-inch pan. Garnish with lettuce, kamaboko, ham, green onion and egg. Mix ingredients for sauce in a bottle, and shake well. Pour over salad. Serves 6-8.


  1. Oooooh! If it weren't my close friend's birthday, I would love to go. I'm going to forward that to the other Pan-Am bloggers I know. This is such a nice idea especially to address the idea of the Asian diaspora and how it seems to come together through the written form.

    huh. Can you tell I've been reading a lot of theory for class lately? Hmph.

  2. I hope you had fun at the gathering! Did you bring some of that somen salad to the gathering? Because that looks awesome, and the bloggers will definitely love it! ♥

  3. How was the gathering?

    Yum to your mama's somen salad. I need to start keeping somen noodles on hand. I love anything vinegary (what kind to you use?)