“Man plans and God laughs” and yet we continue. I’m writing this towards the end of my 5 year plan, aka Radiology residency. In these five years God has laughed, perhaps even scoffed, at the plans that I had for it. What made this the hardest was how much the fates had smiled upon me in my plans of yesteryear.
Seriously, blessed. Everyday I should be thanking God, Buddha, Allah, Greater power NOS. In all honesty, before these past 5 years my greatest hurdle was getting a root canal. When my dentist told me this, I literally bawled. How ridiculous this seems in retrospect. These last 5 years have not gone as smoothly. I won’t bore you with the specifics but these failures, tragedies, and losses have sent me out the other side a different but stronger person. It has allowed me to have empathy in ways that I was never capable of before. Humans are innately incredibly selfish beings, it is literally written in our DNA. Perhaps hardship is the only way to teach us to veer from this primal urge.
This recipe is not a manifestation of my growth but perhaps my show of empathy to those vegetarians among us. I went to HipCityVeg and had this salad and was freaking in love. This is my homemade version since I live far to far from their actual locations.
Udon Noodle Salad
Black bean dressing:
1/8 c fermented black beans
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp microplaned or finely minced ginger
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp chili sauce
1/4 c sliced watermelon radish
1 c arugula
1/2 c carrot & cabbage mix (from trader joes)
1/4 c peanuts
1/4 c udon noodles (cooked)
1/4 c teriyaki firm tofu (from trader joes)
- Mix ingredients together for black bean dressing. I find the easiest way is in a small mason jar : 1/8 c fermented black beans, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp microplaned ginger, 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp chili sauce
- Mix the other salad ingredients together: 1/4 c sliced watermelon radish, 1 c arugula, 1/2 c carrot and cabbage mix, and 1/4 c udon noodles. Dress to taste.
- Top with the teriyaki firm tofu and peanuts.