Crabstick Salad

In Japan, a couple of small side dishes are often served with a main dish.  This is a traditional recipe which harmonizes well within main courses. – Masaki Ko in Classic Japanese

And so, after following the instructions carefully, I came up with this…

Not bad, huh? 😉 Very simple and refreshing – truly a perfect complement to almost any dish. 😀

Sure wish I was able to prepare the salad earlier to match this… not exactly a main course, I know, but I’m sure it would’ve worked well for me!

The easy salad recipe is as follows:

WHAT YOU NEED: 1 1/4 oz dried wakame seaweed (didn’t have this so I used nori strips instead), 6 crabsticks, 1 medium cucumber, 1 tsp salt

FOR THE VINEGAR DRESSING: 4 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/3 tsp salt, 1/3 cup rice vinegar, 1/2 tsp usukuchi soy sauce (used the regular Kikkoman instead)


  1. Make the vinegar dressing. Dissolve the sugar and salt thoroughly in the vinegar, then stir in the soy sauce and chill.  NOTE: Usukuchi soy sauce is light in color and it has a saltier taste than dark soy sauce, which is stronger and richer in flavor.  This type of vinegar is good for boiling vegetables and for flavoring delicate dishes such as clear soup.
  2. Soak the dried wakame seaweed in warm water for 5 minutes (did not do this step anymore as I preferred the crunch of the nori strips).  Drain the wakame and cut into 1 1/2 inch long pieces and place in a dish.  Cover and chill.
  3. Shred the crabsticks.
  4. Cut the cucumber into 1/4 inch slices.  Dissolve 1 tsp of salt in 1 cup water and submerge the cucumber.  Set aside for 5-6 minutes.  Careful not to soak cucumber longer than this so as to preserve its flavor.
  5. Drain the cucumber and dry with a dish cloth.  Wrap the cloth around the cucumber slices and gently squeeze out excess water.  Remove the cucumber slices and wrap it in clear film and chill.
  6. When ready to serve the dish, mix all the prepared dry ingredients together.  Add the dressing according to taste and toss lightly.

And for all Japanese foodies out there, don’t just take my word for it… give it a go in your own kitchen and I’m sure you’ll love it!

Tabemasho! :mrgreen:


One response to this post.

  1. Padeliver naman! 😉 Ittadakimasu!

    Kung pwede lang ba e… hehehe! Thanks, G! 😀


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