Monday, February 27, 2006

chop suey/champon

Tonight's dinner was a bit like what we say in Hawaii as "chop suey" or a mixture of things. In Japanese, they call this "champon".

I had bought salmon that was labeled "for meuniere". Meuniere is French for "miller's wife," referring to a style of cooking whereby a food (usually fish) is seasoned, lightly dusted with flour and sautéed simply in butter. (from International Recipes On-line)

I kind of re-vamped how to make it by adding a pat of butter, some corn and beans, sprinkled some panko (bread crumbs) and threw it under the grill for about 13 minutes. It came out pretty good, if I do say so myself. The salad had Chinese chicken salad dressing on it (minus the chicken). Shiromiso-shiru with wakame (white soy bean paste soup with seaweed). And rice with zakkoku (various grains/cereals) furikake (dried seasonings sprinkled over rice).

Here's the recipe for the Chinese chicken salad dressing: (from Recipes Please...)
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Ajinomoto (a.k.a. MSG)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 tbsp. sesame seed oil
3 tbsp. vinegar

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
Add to salad just before serving.
Garnish salad with any of the following: shredded chicken, sliced ham, char siu (chinese roast pork), and any other veggies that you like.

p.s. I don't put the salt and Ajinomoto



Anonymous said...


This sounds delicious! You're a very creative cook. The salad sounds refreshing ... I could go for some right now!

K and S said...

Hi Ivonne,

This dressing is very refreshing on most green salads.

If you get a chance, please try it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kat & Satoshi

Journal Actif said...

I agree it sounds delish. And salmon is my all time favorite fish. The way you cooked it is perfect to eat with such a salad.

K and S said...

Hi Zoubida,

I'm glad you agree with how I cooked this meal.

It was really good. Although, I'm more interested in tasting your wedding cake!!

Take care.

Kat & Satoshi

Anonymous said...

Looks lovely! Lots of colours!
Can I find 1/2 tsp. Ajinomoto (a.k.a. MSG) in Asian stores I guess?

K and S said...

Hi Bea,

Yes, you can probably find Ajinomoto in an Asian store. "MSG" stands for mono-sodium-glutamate. There have been some who say that this ingredient isn't very healthy.

I don't use it because I think I'm allergic to it, my tongue swells a bit and feel like I need to drink a lot of water whenever I eat food that is prepared with it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Kat & Satoshi