It’s fun to try new foods from different cultures, and this take on a on a popular Japanese noodle dish is refreshing and a lot of fun to eat. Your child is sure to find this colorful pink, green and white salad simply irresistible. Put her in charge of the slicing and measuring so she can hone her knife skills and her ability to follow written directions. For an added challenge, give your youngster a pair of chopsticks to eat the salad with. She'll have fun learning how to use these traditional Japanese utensils while giving her fine motor skills a good workout.
What You Need:
- 1-200 gram package harusame noodles, available at your specialty markets (sometimes in the international aisle at your grocery store)
- 1 6-ounce package red kamaboko or steamed fish cake (it’s actually white and pink, not red)
- 1 Japanese or Hothouse cucumber, peeled and cut into very thin strips (See Step 5)
- 2 cups boiled ham, cut into very thin strips (See Step 6)
- 1 small bunch scallions (It should yield about ¾ cup when thinly sliced. If your child doesn’t like scallions, then substitute them with something else, like peas)
- 1 cup mayo