To go with those Steamed Barbecue Chicken Buns I also made this lovely Asian Noodle Salad. The recipe is based on a Jamie Oliver recipe and he obviously loves using a ton of sesame oil, there is no way I could use 2-3 tbsp of sesame oil! More like 1 tsp! That oil is super strong. Toned down, this is a wonderful and healthy side dish, the kind I have been looking for for a long time. I love noodles!
For the first time I tried Kamut noodles. They are wheat free and pretty high in protein content in comparison to regular noodles. I wanted a way to eat noodles and not feel super guilty for the carbs and if these are healthy, bring them on! They are expensive though, $4 a box but this was a treat for me.
Unfortunately I am finding out that if you want good flavour, sometimes you have to spend more money. For a while now I have been trying different soy sauces and each inexpensive bottle has been a disappointment. In the book The Best Light Recipe they did taste tests for the best soy sauce and found that San-J’s Reduced Sodium Tamari Soy Sauce was the best. I really love this book, they are so thorough in their analysis and testing that I trusted them and bought that exact soy sauce. It wasn’t with the “regular” soy sauces, I found it in the health food section which I am shopping in more and more.
What a difference! There is depth of flavour without a sharp aftertaste, in fact the dressing was subtle but I liked it, it worked and I am pretty sure that it was the good quality soy sauce that made the difference because I have made many similar dressings only to be disappointed.
There is nothing worse than buying new ingredients that cost a little extra only to be disappointed. Thankfully this is one time I spent money and it felt like an investment in both my health and my pantry.
In the end, I wish I had spent the $5 on this one soy sauce than waste the same amount of money on three cheaper versions that disappointed me each time. Now that is true waste.
Where do you spend that little extra money on your grocery bill? I would love to hear about the products you do not mind paying a little more for.
I forgot to mention to as I got to the cash register I was stuck deciding between a $3 red pepper or a small bag of snow peas that cost $4! The red pepper won out because I needed vitamin C to go with my spinach but I just could not bring myself spend $7 on just two ingredients for one salad. I’m sure the cashier found my internal financial vs nutritional debate very interesting to watch.