Sesame Soba Noodles

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Growing up, my mom often made noodles for dinner on days that she did not have a lot of time to cook. I am not complaining because I loved her noodles. She always put a lot of different ingredients and spices into the base, which makes the noodles oh so flavourful! After years, I have finally mastered my mom’s way of making noodles and realized that it is not as complicated as I once thought. Don’t tell her this but…I think I have even made it better…

Ingredients:

  • 100 g soba noodles
  • 2 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame paste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoon minced meat sauce (optional)
  • 1 handful leafy vegetables (I used arugula, but you can use bak choy, spinach, etc)

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The version that I had growing up were actually made with regular wheat noodles. However, I’ve made the switch to Soba a couple years ago. Soba is made with buckwheat and has more of a nutty flavor. It is a great option if you follow a gluten-free and/or a calorie-conscious diet.

Another thing worth mentioning is the minced meat sauce. The one I use is homemade. Again it is mom’s wonderful recipe, which I will share another time. You can also use other meat/non-meat. I.e. left over chicken, eggplant, tofu…the options are endless!

Directions:

  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions.
  2. Put all other ingredients and spices into a bowl.
  3. Drain the noodles and place in the bowl.
  4. Mix well.

Ya I’m not kidding you…four steps to make this. I supposed getting all the ingredients is the most difficult part. I know from my student days that I often found it frustrating that I am just missing one ingredient for a certain recipe. In this case, I think that all of the ingredients listed are worthy investments. I for one use sesame oil quite often. If you really don’t want to buy an ingredient, get creative and find a replacement! Ie. Hot sauce/Siracha if you don’t have chili flakes.

Ok enough talking. My noodles are getting cold! Hope you try this out and let me know how it goes.

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