Octopus Salad [Refreshing Salad]

Octopus Salad 

Smuggled a big bottle of Thai chili sauce from Malaysia when moving over to Japan and later found out that it is available in many supermarkets here! There is no need to smuggle Thai chili sauce and many other SE Asian ingredients anymore. It is a good news to me.

I am really happy that I can have Thai-style salads whenever I feel like it. Sweet and sour, plus tiny bit of spicy (hot) is really a wonderful appetiser to start a meal.

150 g boiled octopus, slice thinly
20 g bean thread noodles / 冬粉
1 Japanese cucumber, cut into chunks
1/2 of a small onion, slice thinly
Some green salads (I used Garland Chrysanthemum/Shungiku/春菊)

2 tbsp Thai chili sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

  1. Boil bean thread noodles, drain well and make a few cuts with a pair of scissors.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, bring together all ingredients for salad and set aside.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl, mix till sugar is dissolved.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and toss to mix. Chill in the fridge before serving. Or, chill first then mix with dressing. I prefer to chill it with dressing so that the noodles will absorb the dressing a little.

 Octopus Salad

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2 comments to “Octopus Salad [Refreshing Salad]”
Extra Virgin Chef said...

Love all your pix. Thanks for sharing.

Projecto de Blogger said...

In Portugal we have a something similar recipe usually eaten during summer as an, how can I call it... appetizer.

The octopus is boiled in salted water, then cut into slices or small pieces as well. Then it is tossed together with a finely chopped onion and some chopped green pepper, olive oil and vinegar. Season if needed.

Finally add some parsley or corianders (The traditional asks for parsley but I prefer corianders).

Then it is left to rest in the freezer for 2 or 3 hours, to allow the flavors to mix together.

A cold beer or some light white wine is mandatory with this!

The other way I love octopus is deep-fried with some spicy/peppery light batter, with some lime and lemon mayonnaise. This last one can be used with octopus, squid or cuttlefish (my favorite of all).

Finally something as an Octopus Rice (a typical portuguese dish, something similar to a risotto, but not so gooey). But this is a more complex recipe and I will share it later if you want it so!

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