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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


1 1/4 cups chilled chicken or seafood broth, see recipe below
12 stalks asparagus
1/4 red onion
1 cucumber
2 tomatoes
4 leaves lettuce
1 1/4 pounds ham, optional
1 1/4 pounds homemade soba noodles or
1 pound dried soba noodles
1 tablespoon each: mayonnaise, French salad dressing

1. Make the broth and chill it in the refrigerator (see recipe below).

2. Trim asparagus and boil 3 to 4 minutes in lightly salted water in a
large pot. Remove and cool in a bowl of cold water.

3. Slice onion thinly. Wash and peel cucumber, quarter lengthwise and cut
into bite-size chunks. Wash lettuce and tear into small pieces. Slice each
tomato into 8 wedges. Dice the ham. Cut asparagus into 2-inch lengths.

4. Boil, rinse and drain noodles.

5. Line individual bowls with the lettuce. Add the noodles and garnish with
vegetables. Pour in broth and add a dollop of mayonnaise and French
dressing to each. Mix well before eating.

JAPANESE BROTH

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes Cooling time: 2 hours
or more
Yield: 4 cups

Here is a simple, Japanese-style broth. Mirin (a sweet rice wine) and
bonito flakes (dried fish) can be obtained from Japanese food shops or
other specialty food stores.

1 ounce bonito flakes
4 cups water
1 cup each: soy sauce, mirin

1. Place bonito flakes and water in a pot and heat over a high flame.

2. When broth starts to boil, skim off white foam and lower heat to medium
low for 2 minutes. Flame should be hot enough to just keep flakes aloft and
moving.

3. Pour through a cloth-covered strainer, then return to stove. Turn flame
to high and when broth begins to boil at rim, add soy sauce and mirin.
Return to boil, then turn off heat and remove pot from stove. Cool several
hours in refrigerator.

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