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Hanoi-Style Tuna Patty Salad

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1 Hanoi-Style Tuna Patty Salad on 23rd December 2009, 1:22 pm

Hanoi-Style Tuna Patty Salad Recipe

Nutritional Info (Per serving):
Calories: 359, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 809mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Fat: 1g, Carbs: 61g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Protein: 25g


Recipe Source:
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 50 mins

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds tuna, yellowfin, sushi-grade 1/4 cup(s) scallion(s) (green onions), finely chopped 3 tablespoon onion(s), red, finely chopped 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh, minced 2 teaspoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce, reduced-sodium 1 teaspoon sugar, brown 1/2 teaspoon pepper, black ground 1/2 cup(s) water 3 tablespoon fish sauce 2 tablespoon sugar, granulated 2 tablespoon vinegar, rice, or cider vinegar 2 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh, minced 1 clove(s) garlic 12 ounce(s) rice noodles, thin rice noodles or thin rice sticks 6 cup(s) lettuce, romaine, shredded 2 cup(s) sprouts, mung bean 2 medium carrot(s), julienned or grated 1/2 medium cucumber(s), English, thinly sliced 1 small onion(s), red, thinly sliced cilantro, fresh, sprigs for garnish, or mint and/or Asian basil

Preparation
1. To prepare tuna: With a large chef's knife, chop tuna using quick, even, straight-up-and-down motions (do not rock the knife through the fish or it will turn mushy). Continue chopping, rotating the knife, until you have a mass of roughly 1/4-inch pieces.

2. Place the tuna, scallions, onion, ginger, 2 teaspoons fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the rest of the salad or up to 12 hours.


3. To prepare salad: Combine water, 3 tablespoons fish sauce, granulated sugar, vinegar, lime juice, ginger and garlic in a large bowl; stir until the sugar is dissolved. Reserve 1/2 cup of the dressing in a small bowl.

4. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add rice noodles and stir to separate well. Boil until soft but still resilient, 2 to 5 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse the noodles under cold running water. Drain well, transfer to a medium bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of the reserved dressing.


5. Add lettuce and bean sprouts to the dressing in the large bowl; toss to coat. Divide the mixture among 6 shallow serving bowls. Top with equal portions of the noodles.

6. Form the tuna mixture into 6 patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat (see Grilling & Broiling Variations). Add the patties and cook until firm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes per side.


7. Place a tuna patty on top of each salad and drizzle each portion with some of the remaining dressing. Serve with a platter of carrots, cucumber, red onion and herbs and let diners choose their own garnishes.

Grilling & Broiling Variations: Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat broiler. Oil the grill rack (see Tip) or coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Cook patties until firm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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