Asian wheat noodles have a tender texture that befits this delicate salad. Look for dried Chinese lo mein or Japanese somen or hiyamugi noodles. The noodles and fish sauce are available at well-stocked supermarkets and Asian markets, and the seaweed at Asian markets and health food stores. WINE RECOMMENDATION:<br> A straightforward Riesling with a hint of sweetness will underscore the richness of the lobster and balance the Asian flavors of the seaweed and fish sauce.
- For the Lobsters:
- 4 live lobsters (1 to 1 1/4 pounds each) or 1 to 1 1/4 pounds cooked lobster meat
- For the Seaweed:
- 1 tablespoon dried Japanese hijiki seaweed
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons Asian sesame oil, divided
- For the Peas:
- 1/4 pound snow peas
- Ice water
- For the Dressing:
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or more to taste
- 5 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 5 tablespoons water
- For the Noodles:
- 1 pound dried Chinese lo mein noodles
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup salted peanuts
FOR THE LOBSTERS:
If using live lobsters, plunge them head first into a large saucepan of boiling water and cook until they are bright red all over, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, remove the lobsters to a bowl. When they are cool enough to handle, crack the claws and tail and remove all the meat. Slice the tail and claw meat 1/4 inch thick and refrigerate until ready to use.
FOR THE SEAWEED:
Put the hijiki in a small bowl, add the boiling water and set aside until softened, about 15 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce with the 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil. Drain the hijiki and add it to the bowl. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.
FOR THE PEAS:
In a medium saucepan of boiling water, blanch the snow peas until bright green, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the snow peas to the ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and pat dry, then slice the snow peas lengthwise into thin strips.
FOR THE DRESSING:
In a bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper, fish sauce, lime juice and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Stir in 5 tablespoons of water.
FOR THE NOODLES:
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook, stirring, until al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain the noodles in a colander and return them to the saucepan. Fill the pan with cold water and swirl the noodles around, then drain. Repeat the process one more time. Drain the noodles well.
In a large bowl, combine the noodles with the lobster, snow peas and the hijiki and its marinade. Toss well, using clean hands or tongs. Add the fish sauce dressing and the cilantro leaves, season with pepper and toss well. Turn the salad out onto a large platter, sprinkle the peanuts on top and serve.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
548 calories; 9g total fat; 39mg cholesterol; 2028mg sodium; 99g carbohydrates; 17g fiber; 28g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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