Retro Recipe Challenge-International Style

Laura Rebecca, of the deliciously entertaining cooking blog, Laura Rebecca’s Kitchen,has once again come up with another fun Retro Recipe Challenge.  In honor of her recent trip to Russia, the theme is "From Retro with Love"  and entrants are to create a dish with international flair from a pre-1985 recipe.
I was craving pasta, so while scanning through some old cookbooks I’ve been collecting, I came across an interesting recipe called "Tokyo Salad" in a copy of "Kitchen Fare, International Menus Cookbook" from 1981.


It’s a yummy spicy asian shrimp and noodle salad that I made a few changes to. And now it’s even tastier!

Here’s the original-


10oz. vermicelli
3/4c mayonnaise
2T soy sauce
1 6 1/2 oz can small shrimp
1 tsp hot mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Dash white pepper
1 16oz can bean sprouts
1 c. frozen green peas
1 stalk sliced celery
1/2 green pepper
1 small chopped onion
1/3 c. diced water chestnuts
1 4oz can mushrooms
Lettuce leaves

Break vermicelli into 3" lengths. Cook in boiling salted water until tender, but firm. Rinse in cold water, drain. In large bowl combine mayo, soy scauce, drained shrimp, hot mustard, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Add vermicelli and remaining ingredients except lettuce. Cover and chill thoroughly. To serve, place about 1 cup of vermicelli mixture on a crisp lettuce leaf.

First of all I substituted all the canned ingredients with fresh. Then I used a red pepper instead of green for color, scallions instead of onion and added chili garlic sauce instead of the hot mustard powder. Medium boiled shrimp were used, but this recipe would be fantastic with a marinated grilled shrimp. It got two thumbs up from everyone in my house!


Oh yeah, I also threw on a  few black sesame seeds for garnish. Makes a nice, light summer supper or luncheon dish.


By | 2007-06-07T14:14:57-04:00 June 7th, 2007|Food and Drink|2 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


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    Theresa June 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks! I think it helped that I RETROfitted the recipe a bit!

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    Laura Rebecca June 14, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    This looks almost too scrumptious to be retro food!

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