Mar 1, 2023

Harusame with Canned Tuna, Cabbage, and Wakame

Harusame 春雨 is a type of Japanese glass noodles. It can be made with different ingredients such as potato or mung beans. Just use what's available for you. In fact, if you can't find Japanese harusame, Chinese glass noodles will do too.

Harusame with canned tuna, cabbage, and wakame - 

Harusame with canned tuna, cabbage, and wakame


  • 100 grams harusame
  • 1 can/185 grams tuna (canned tuna)
  • 1/2 medium small cabbage
  • 2/3 cup dried wakame
  • 1 teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1 packet vegetable dashi powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


Mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, granulated sugar, and sesame oil. Blend and make sure all the sugar has been fully dissolved.

Soak the dried wakame till puffed up, then drain out the liquid and set aside for later use. 

Soaking dried wakame

Trim-off cabbage's tougher stem and tear to large bite size pieces.

Hand-torn cabbage

Bring a pot of water to a boil and transfer cabbage over. Cook till boiling again. Drain and squeeze out excess water from the cabbage. Set aside and wait till cooling-down to room temperature.

Prep the harusame according to the package instruction. As for me, take medium pot of water and bring to a light boil. Add in dried harusame and cook for 4 minutes. Once ready, drain and rinse under drinkable cold water, or simply soak in drinkable water filled with ice cubes. When the temperature drops, drain again and set aside.

Cooked and drained harusame

Use a big container or a big bowl, add in prepped cabbage, wakame, harusame, and toasted white sesame seeds. Open up canned tuna and drain out excess oil or liquid, add the tuna to the mixture too.

Pour over the sauce mixture along with one packet of dashi powder.

Making harusame cold dish

Give all these ingredients a good mix. Taste and adjust accordingly. Perhaps a bit more soy sauce or vinegar if stronger flavor is preferred. Plate and serve. 

Harusame with canned tuna, cabbage, and wakame

If you're using Chinese glass noodles, remember to use a kitchen scissor and give the noodles a few cuts first. Otherwise the Chinese glass noodles can be pretty long sometimes. 

Harusame with canned tuna, cabbage, and wakame

This dish was meant to serve as a cold side dish. However, I think it's fulfilling enough to be a proper meal on its own. More like a light lunch, especially for someone who's on a diet. It contains little calories and quite healthy. Something not too heavy to get you through the day.

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