February
19th 2007
Soba Noodle Salad

Posted under Entrees and Nibbles & Low Fat Diet

I made this for lunch on the weekend, it was very refreshing on a hot day.

Ingredients:

2 bunches of soba noodles

2 sprigs of spring onion (white part only), sliced thinly on the diagonal

6-7  dried shi-take mushrooms, soaked in hot water for an hour to soften

3 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Dressing:

1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sesame seed oil

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1/2 tsp chilli oil (optional)

Method:

1. Cook soba noodles as per instruction on packet (Place in a pot of boiling water for 4 mins or until cooked). Drain in a colander, then plunge into a tub of icy water to refresh. Drain and set aside.

2. Remove the stem from the shi-take mushrooms, and slice thinly.

3. In a frypan, fry 1 tbsp of the spring onion in 1 tsp of oil.  Add shi-take mushrooms and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add 1 tbsp of the water that the mushrooms have been soaking in. Season to taste with pepper and soy sauce.

4. Combine drained soba noodles, remaining spring onions and cooked mushrooms with dressing. Toss and mix evenly, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds. If you like, garnish and top with some toasted nori (seaweed) strips.

Tip: To add more substance to this meal, try adding some hard tofu strips or chicken strips marinated in soy/sesame seed oil. Cook them with the mushrooms.

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