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I’m Covered in Sawdust Again

Because Kris took the day off (sort of – he’s on a conference call right now, which is why I’m on my laptop) so we can continue working on the porch. It’s a perfect day today – overcast and not super-hot out. I cut three joists myself while he started on his call, but the 16′ long 2×10’s are a little heavy for me to haul by myself, so I decided three was my limit until we could both carry them.

Anyway, I just came across this post on Serious Eats (one of my new favorite food blogs – lots of fun stuff, including some really fab-looking recipes), and so, in honor of the 50th birthday of instant ramen noodles (basic nutrition of college students everywhere), I am sharing my aunt’s mother’s* recipe for Oriental Cabbage & Noodle Salad

1 small head cabbage, chopped in small pieces (or, be like me and buy a bag of coleslaw mix)
6 green onions, or 1 medium onion, chopped
2 pkgs chicken flavored ramen noodles, uncooked and broken up
1-1/4 cups vegetable oil
5 T sugar
2-1/2 t vinegar (I use either apple cider or rice wine, personally)
1-1/4 t salt
1-1/4 t pepper
2-1/2 t Accent (I usually skip this because MSG gives Kris migraines)
4 T toasted sesame seeds
2 cups toasted slivered (or sliced) almonds

Mix cabbage, onion, noodles, and one flavor packet. Set aside.

Mix the oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper, Accent (if using), sesame seeds, almonds, and the other flavor packet.

Combine the two mixtures together at least 2 hours before serving.

It’s quite yummy, and the dressing softens the noodles (which are pre-cooked, if you weren’t aware – I wasn’t for a long time) just enough without making them squishy.  Also, I get untoasted seeds and nuts, toss them all in a dry skillet and toast them at the same time, and then set them aside to cool for a bit while I’m measuring everything else out.

OK, well, Kris is off the phone, so it’s back to construction world for me.  I’ll take pictures of where we are at the end of the day so you can all ooh and aah at our handiwork some more.  Have a fab day!

*No, she’s not my grandmother. She’s my mom’s brother’s wife’s mother. We just call her Mimi. It’s much shorter. 🙂

5 comments to I’m Covered in Sawdust Again

  • Very similar…my grandma always made this recipe:
    (modifying yours above)
    -diced chicken breast
    -1 pack oriental flavored ramen
    (rather than your two chicken packs)
    (and take out the Accent)
    -1 small can crushed pineapple, drained.

    Yum yum!

  • Sweet! Just don’t wear yourselves out too much to come to trivia — I have something for you *wicked grin*

  • I had never had that salad until a couple of years ago at my MIL’s – it’s SO yummy. Our version doesn’t have the sesame seeds or Accent.

    GO YOU GUYS with the construction! Woot!

  • Highly recommended. I add crushed red pepper, too.

  • Wow I didn’t even know that yesterday was the Ramen birthday and I still celebrated by having a bowl of my favorite brand for dinner. Freaky!