Salmon + Greens Asian Noodle Bowls
Salmon + Greens Asian Noodle Bowl. Toothsome noodles topped with fresh mushrooms, watercress, pea shoots or bean sprouts, green onions, thinly sliced bell peppers, snow peas, and simple seared salmon, with a ladle or two full of garlic and ginger infused vegetable broth and a pinch of chili threads perched on top.
- 2 quarts vegetable broth
- 4 inch piece fresh ginger lightly smashed with a pan or meat tenderizer
- 4 large cloves garlic peeled
- 12 ounces glass noodles
- 3 cups snow pea pods
- 3 teaspoons sunflower or canola oi
- 4 boneless skinless salmon filets
- 2 cups watercress leaves and tender stems or arugula
- 1 cup pea shoots or bean sprouts
- 1 yellow bell pepper stem and seeds removed, thinly sliced
- 6 green onions root ends trimmed, thinly sliced, 1 tablespoon reserved
- 1 cup very thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms or beech mushrooms enoki
In a medium sized pot, bring the vegetable broth, ginger, and garlic to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Drop in the glass noodles and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, or until cooked through and tender but still toothsome. Use tongs to transfer the noodles, ginger, and garlic to a colander. Keep the broth simmering. Add the snow peas and simmer for 2 minutes. Use the tongs to transfer the snow pea pods to the colander, gathering them in a neat little pile to the side. Keep the broth simmering.
Place a cast-iron or other heavy-bottomed skillet over a high burner. When you can feel heat radiating from the pan and it is uncomfortable to hold your hand too close to the surface, drizzle in the sunflower oil and swirl the pan to coat the surface. Salt both sides of the salmon filets and carefully lower them into the pan. Do not attempt to move the filets for at least 2 minutes. When they are golden brown on the bottom and the cooked area extends at least halfway up the sides, ease a flexible spatula under them and flip carefully, about 3 minutes. Repeat on the second side, cooking the filets to your desired doneness. Transfer to a plate.
Divide the cooked glass noodles between 4 deep serving bowls. Distribute the watercress or arugula, pea shoots or bean sprouts, bell pepper, green onions (minus the reserved amount), and mushrooms over the noodles. Divide the hot broth between the bowls, then lay 1 or 1 1/2 salmon filets on each bowl. Garnish with the reserved green onions and a hearty pinch of chili threads. Serve immediately.