Taiwan Sugar snow peas fresh from the garden. They're sweet, crunchy and yummy. We're picking peas every other day and I recently began preserving them in the freezer. I'm planning on storing some for the winter if we don't end up eating them all before then!
The snow peas plant is enormous. This is actually an older photo from about 2 weeks ago so it's much bigger now. It's around 6 feet tall and takes up quite a bit of space. It's my first time growing snow peas so I was surprised. The willow trellis support is not the best but the peas continue to produce well.
The flowers are beautiful if you take a closer look. Many snow peas are ready to harvest again so I'll be having a preservation session today or tomorrow. Recipe for the noodle soup is below…
Saimin with chicken
*Snow peas, spinach and green onions harvest
Note: Toppings vary depending on what you're in the mood for. Locals in Hawaii are into Spam, it's like their staple food! :) Others add shrimp, char sui (Chinese BBQ pork), fish cake, vegetables and whatever you prefer. I made it with chicken and we're also egg people. Spinach and green onions were available in my garden so I put them in the dish with delicious snow peas of course.
• 2 bundles of soba (Japanese buckwheat) or saimin noodles if you can find it
• 2-3 pieces of bone-in chicken thighs
• 1/4 tsp fresh ginger, minced
• 1clove garlic, minced
• Vegetables of your choice (peas, spinach, green onions, carrots, etc.)
• Chicken broth, about 6 cups
• 2 Hard boiled eggs or fried egg, sliced (optional)
• Hawaiian red sea salt to taste (substitute sea salt if needed)
• Reduced sodium soy sauce to taste
• Black pepper to taste
1. Follow directions on the package for soba: Boil noodles, drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. If you want eggs, cook them now and set aside with the noodles.
2. Simmer enough water in a pot over medium heat for chicken and cook with the skin, this will add flavor to the soup. Meanwhile, prepare your vegetables, ginger and garlic.
3. When chicken is well done, remove the skin and bones. Shred chicken into small pieces then toss them back into the pot. Add chicken broth, ginger, garlic and vegetables.
4. Stir in Hawaiian red sea salt and soy sauce to taste. Top with eggs.