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Chilled Soba Salad with Sake Poached Shrimp

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins

Ingredients
  

Sake Poached Shrimp

  • 1 400g, 14oz bag shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sake
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 1-inch knob fresh ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 scallion coarsely chopped

Miso Coconut Dressing

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1-inch knob ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Chilled Soba Salad

  • 1 363g, 13oz package soba noodles
  • 1/2 cucumber spiralized
  • 1 batch Coconut Miso Dressing see above
  • 1 batch Sake Poached Shrimp see above
  • 1/2 cucumber quartered & sliced
  • 1 bunch red kale stalks removed
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas cut into thirds
  • 1/4 honey dew melon balled
  • 3-4 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts

Instructions
 

For the Shrimp

  • Place the shrimp in a medium-sized bowl with the baking soda. Toss to coat the shrimp. Transfer the shrimp to the refrigerator and let sit for 30 minutes. This will give the shrimp a pleasant “springy” texture.
  • Pour the water and sake into a saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and place the saucepan over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp to the simmering poaching liquid and poach over low heat until the shrimp turns coral. About 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer the shrimp to a plastic bag and dunk it into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  • Place the shrimp in a bowl and place them in the fridge to cool completely.

For the Dressing

  • Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.

For the Salad

  • Cook the soba noodles according to the package’s direction. Drain the cooked noodles and rinse them under cold water. Use your finger to delicately tease the noodles apart. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl along with the spiralized cucumber.
  • Pour the dressing over top of the noodle/cucumber mix and toss to coat.
  • Top the noodles with the shrimp, the remaining fruit and veg, and the peanuts.
  • Chill until ready to serve or serve immediately.