Looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner? Try making some somen noodles topped with egg, ham, and cucumber.
If this is your first time eating somen noodles, I would recommend you try the thin white noodles first.
Later, you can venture out and try buckwheat and green tea somen.
Buckwheat is much more healthy, but the texture is not as smooth. Green tea may be tasty to some, but not to others.
That’s why I recommend starting off with white noodles which are the most popular and palatable, in my opinion.
Somen takes about 5 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on it because it can easily bubble over.
One trick I use if it bubbles over is to add some water.
What to Eat with Somen
Unlike local Hawaii somen salad which I will post later, this version my Japanese mother used to make at home. Sort of. This is more of my lazy version, but it still has everything you need!
I just don’t like making the egg all fancy, so I scramble it instead to save time. My mom also makes her cucumber into perfectly thin matchstick shreds, but we’ll save that for a less busy night.
Shred 1-2 English cucumbers, scramble at least 3 eggs, and slice about 3-5 oz. of ham for your main condiments. You can really add whatever you like though. Kamaboko or tomatoes are other great options to add.
You can increase condiment amounts, but that’s a general guideline I use for two people.
Also, you don’t have to peel the cucumber, but I find that English cucumbers have too much wax on them, so I do.
I live in the South right now, so finding an Asian cucumber is not easy!
Somen Soup Base
You can purchase somen soup base at an Asian grocery store.
Sometimes, the soup base comes diluted, but other times it does not.
You should be able to find it as menma sauce or somen tsuyu. If you are lucky, they will have it at your local neighborhood store (i.e. Harris Teeters, Walmart, etc.)
Follow the instructions on the back of the sauce for best results.
For this recipe, the soup base is kept cold. Keep it on the side until you are ready to pour it onto the noodles. Alternatively, you can dip your noodles into the tiny bowl too.
- 1-2 English cucumbers, shredded
- 3 eggs, scrambled
- 3-5 oz. ham, sliced
- 1 package somen noodles (at least 3-4 bundles inside)
- Menma sauce/somen tsuyu
- Boil somen noodles as directed on package.
- When done, drain and rinse with cold water.
- Form somen noodles into mini bunches and put aside in a large dish.
- Shred English cucumber, scramble eggs, and slice ham and put aside.
- When ready to eat, place some noodles in your bowl and top with cucumber, egg, and ham.
- For the menma sauce, follow instructions accordingly.
- Pour sauce over noodles (approximately 1/2 cup or more).
I hope you enjoy this dish! It’s a great meal to make during the weekday when you don’t have much time. It’s also a healthy dish for lunch or dinner.