Another of our New Year's Eve treats, a little gem-like display of Dungeness crab over an Asian-ish salad.
I'm always drawn to little gem-like nibbles of seafood for New Year's, although caviar is over and done with. (Can you imagine, in your lifetime, experiencing the demise of a whole category of food? I'm worried about California's salmon and crabs too, but that's another story.)
I liked this salad, made with chopped mung bean sprouts, slivered radishes, grated carrot, minced jalapeño, and... (I really liked this part) short strings of softened mung bean noodles, otherwise known as cellophane noodles (or in Hawaii, "long rice"). Cute.
I tossed the ingredients together and then drizzled Asian liquids to get an impromptu dressing: rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, like that.
I thought I might have overdressed the food, so I strained some off. But since the crab pieces were unseasoned, they were too mild in contrast with the salad. I should have left all the dressing in and just given everything a mix.
Flavor aside, though, this was the BEST mouth-feel meal I've ever eaten. Crispy veggies, chewy noodles and succulent crab. My mouth was really happy. I would eat it again in a minute.
Besides, I discovered we are backed up with two bags of dried noodles in the pantry.