Sunomono or Hiya Somen is a classic Japanese dish served as a refreshing meal along with relishes and cold vegetables during summer’s oppressive heat. The bright sour flavor stimulates movement of Liver Qi and aids digestive vitality.
Cook noodles according to package, drain well.
Sprinkle sliced cucumber and lemon slices with salt and let stand a few minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture.
Combine vinegar, sugar, and soy in a bowl and mix well.
Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumber and lemon slices and mix well. In 3 or 4 small individual bowls, divide noodles.
Cover noodles with ice water. Divide vinegar mixture, lemon and cucumbers evenly between the bowls.
Add in a little crab, if desired.
Energetics: Sour moves Qi, stimulates the Liver and Gall Bladder.
Contraindications: Those with very cold patterns or excessively weak Spleen Qi should avoid excess cold foods. Eat this cool rather than cold.
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