Kelly's famous somen salad is a cool, refreshing, and delicious addition to any party. Most importantly, it's simple and can be made ahead of time.
Photo Credits: Nathan Kam
Despite the fact that my beloved New England Patriots won’t be playing in this year’s Super Bowl, the annual party must go on.
Just like thousands of others across Oahu on Feb. 3, we’ll be hosting a party at our house. It’s the perfect excuse to bring family and friends together, enjoy delicious food (and drinks), critique those ridiculously expensive commercials, and watch what should be an exciting game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Did I mention the opportunity to enjoy some great food?
I fully expect to see the traditional potluck grub—steak, fried chicken, buffalo wings, roast pork, fried noodles, hot dogs, chili, pork lumpia, potato or macaroni salad, chips and dip, and much. My mouth is salivating as I rattle off these high-calorie dishes and that doesn’t even include dessert.
Don’t forget to add some healthier options! Homemade or store bought will do. Even though most of your guests won’t admit to it, they will appreciate it. Include fresh or roasted veggies, edamame, Chinese chicken salad, somen salad, quinoa, fruit salad and baked salmon. Choose grilling over frying when possible. Making these adjustments will help balance out any menu. These dishes are Ensen and Avery’s favorites, so my kids should be quite happy.
The name of the game in any party situation with “choke” food is moderation. Indulge in a few of your favorite dishes, eat until you’re satisfied (not full), and be careful about snacking continuously for four hours as you watch the game. This is easy to do when a spread of food is laying out in front of you.
More than anything, enjoy each other’s company, the game, and may the 49ers...errr...the best team win on Sunday.
Looking for a simple and easy dish to bring? I’ve got two that will sure to be a hit with your rowdy crowd:
Kelly's Somen Salad
Korean-Style Broiled Salmon
Korean barbecue sauce is a nice way to change up the flavors on a great piece of fish.
Serve and enjoy.
Nathan Kam is a Honolulu public-relations executive, husband and a proud daddy of two incredible kids, Ensen (5) and Avery (2). He enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, blogging and golfing. You can reach him via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or via his personal Kam Family Blog.