Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps

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Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps

We love noodles at our house. We eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Do not be surprised that noodles are eaten for breakfast as they often are in many parts of Asia. Fewer things beat a warm soupy bowl of noodles on a cold morning. It is a bowl of comfort and one that is delicious and also very quick and easy to prepare.

I love the convenience of dried noodles and have a good supply in my pantry. I have my favorites but I continue to add to it whenever I come across something interesting. I first saw this ume somen (plum flavored vermicelli) at Anncoo Journal way back in October of 2010. I was so captivated by the pink noodles and was curious as to its taste. I immediately went on a hunt for them but unfortunately they were no where to be found near me.

Although these noodles are made in Japan, I have not seen them in my trips there. It is a summer time specialty. Since Ann is based in Singapore, I told myself that I would get some during one of my periodic visits to the region. I was actually out there this summer but it totally slipped my mind. Good thing Ro-Ri San had a scheduled business trip three months after my return. With help from Ann on directions to the store, Ro-Ri San was able to bring two packets home for me. Many thanks to Ann and hubby. :)

Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps

Somen are very soft wheat noodles. They may be eaten cold with a dipping sauce as in zaru soba (cold noodles) or warm, usually in a bowl of soup. Since the weather is cold now, I wanted something warm. I kept the soup simple, flavored with instant dashi, soy sauce, and mirin so as not to overpower the delicate fragrance and taste of the noodles. They reminded me of sakura tea, a Japanese infusion of dried cherry blossoms pickled in plum vinegar and salt. I got to taste this refreshing beverage during my last trip to Japan. You can read about it here.

Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps

I decided to pair the somen with edamame (green soy beans) for a contrast of colors. I also threw in a few shrimps for added flavor.

Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps


  • ½ cup (60g) frozen edamame
  • 10 medium sized shrimps, shelled and deveined
  • 3.5 oz (100g) ume somen
  • 1 tsp instant dashi
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin


Boil edamame in lightly salted water for about 3 minutes. Remove with a strainer. Add shrimps and allow them to cook for 2 minutes or until shrimps curl and turn pink. Remove and set aside. Discard water.

Fill saucepan again half full with fresh water. Bring it to a boil. Add ume somen and allow it to cook for 2 minutes. Remove with a strainer.

Divide cooked somen between 2 bowls. Top with half of the edamame and 5 shrimps for each bowl.

Pour 2½ cups (600ml) water in the saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Add instant dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. When it comes back to a boil, turn off heat.

Pour soup over noodles and topping. Serve immediately.

I really like the way this Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps turned out. It is aesthetically pleasing and very tasty too.

Ume Somen with Edamame and Shrimps

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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7 Responses

  1. Biren, Your ume somen looks so beautifully displayed and I would love that you can share a bowl with me.
    Is also very suitable to have a hot soup noodle during our rainy season now.

  2. Baby Sumo says:

    It’s my first time reading about ume somen… got me really intrigued… wanna try hunting for it in KL too!

  3. Ramona says:

    My daughter will go crazy for these noodles. :) Pink is her favorite color. :)

  4. Jeannie says:

    That bowl of noodles looks so refreshing, love the look of the clear soup and the noodles in such a lovely shade of pink!

  5. Hi Biren! You have no idea how much I want to have a bowl of your gorgeous somen right now! Love the purple of the plum noodles and the lush green of the edamame. I would love to cuddle up with a steaming bowl of that right now!!! *BRRRRRRRRRRR* ;)Never thought I’d say this, but I am missing Asian food so badly!!!

  6. kitchenriffs says:

    Those noodles are gorgeous! I’m in love with their color. And the finished dish is so pretty too – the green of the edamame looks great with those noodles. Terrific recipe – thanks.

  7. mjskit says:

    Those plum flavored noodles are beautiful! Certainly an unexpected color for noodles. They look great with the edamame and shrimp! another wonderful noodles dish Biren!

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