Sunday, April 26, 2009

Soba Noodles with Tofu

Soba is a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour, which can be prepared in a variety of ways.  You can served them chilled in a salad, with a dipping sauce or hot in a noodle soup.  I prepared chilled soba noodles with a peanut-tahini-miso dressing.  For the recipe I used the following:

soba noodles (cooked according to package directions)
tofu (drained and pressed for an hour)
toasted sesame seeds

1 TB peanut butter
1/2 tsp. sweet mellow miso
1/2 tsp. tahini
1/4 tsp. soy sauce
4-5 TB water

1. While the soba noodles are cooking, I prepare the tofu.  Pan-sear the tofu until slightly brown.  Then cut the tofu into small cubes and place them aside to cool. 
2. Drain the soba noodles and run cold water over the noodles for about a minute.
3. Next, julienne carrots and prepare the dressing.  
4 For the dressing, mix the the peanut butter, miso, tahini and soy sauce in a small bowl.  The result will be a paste.  Then add the water and carefully stir until well combined. 
5. Place the cooked soba in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over the noodles.  Add the carrots, tofu and top with toasted sesame seeds.  Enjoy!

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