Not too long ago, my friend took me to a japanese restaurant here in ipoh, "Mokuren". She, being there a couple of times suggested me to try one of their salads. "They got tofu in it" she told me. She likes tofu a lot and at the same time, we also ordered agedashi tofu. When the salad arrived, i saw there were some salad leaves, some cherry tomatoes, some tofu and what suprised me was that there were also fried little fishes on it, not just a small amount but quite a lot . Looking back at the menu, it says those are baby sardines. It looks and tastes much alike to our silverfish here (银鱼仔) where chinese are fond of putting them in fried rice. The salad was nice, with their salad dressing together with those baby sardines which give a salty touch as well, it was very nice to eat.
|the silver fish|
So i'm going to be a copycat, i want to make this at home. I managed to grab some purple potatoes from Tesco ( thanks wendy!) and thought of adding that to the salad without the tofu. Boil them with skin on for a couple of minutes till they are cooked and a little soft, peel away the skin and cut them into cubes. I have very little idea how to go about making the dressing but i have a bottle of japanese salad dressing in my house. Earlier, i saw Elin posted this japanese dressing in her blog here so i went and bought a bottle too! I just added some apple cider vinegar to it and there goes my dressing.
|Japanese salad dressing|
Now do i hear protests? " What?! A salad is a salad, supposed to be healthy, why are you putting those fried little monsters into it??" Hmm.mmmm..mmm..i got no answer for that but nice!
There is no proper recipe here, what i have are some round lettuce and frisee leaves, some purple potatoes, some halved almonds and a big handful of silver fish. Boil the potatoes and fry the little silver fish. Put them all except the silverfish into a big bowl, add in the dressing , give it a toss, transfer them into the serving bowls or plates and top it with the fried little silverfish.
Salad Dressing ( adjust to your liking )
3 tbsp of Japanese salad dressing
1 tsp apple cider viegar