Buckwheat Noodle Entree/Salad
Soba Noodles are a Japanese buckwheat noodle. You can use any pasta, but the wheat noodles give this more texture and an earthy flavor. This cold noodle recipe is built for two, but it can be fashioned to create a wonderful picnic side.
1 Tbsp grated/minced ginger
1 lb chicken breast
1/3 C soy sauce
1/4 C aji mirin (sweet rice wine)
1 tsp Siracha (asian hot sauce)
2 tsp sesame oil
3-4 oz of buckwheat soba noodles
1/2 bag fresh baby spinach, washed
2 Tbsp red pepper, sliced fine ( I use a red jalapeno or hotter pepper)
4 crimini mushrooms, sliced fine (any fresh mushroom)
Chopped green onions
Toasted sesame seeds or crushed peanuts
To Assemble: Boil water for noodles, drain noodles вЂ“ wilt spinach in same water, keep noodles handy in cold water. Mix together soy, mirin, ginger, chili paste and sesame oil. Set 1/2 C of the sauce aside. Brush the chicken breast with rest. Grill or broil chicken until done, 4-5 minutes per side approximately. Cool chicken. When cool, shred or cut chicken into bit size pieces.
To assemble the salads. Pile each bowl with noodles in the bottom. Toss with the red pepper. Top the noodles with spinach, chicken and mushrooms. Pour the reserved sauce between two bowls. Garnish each bowl with chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
This travels well and is a wonderful chilled salad main for summer. Feel free to add additional vegetables. Snow peas, sliced baby corn, julienne carrots, water chestnuts, even thinly sliced cauliflower all work well. Have soy and siracha (hot sauce) tableside.
Caloric Information (from Google)
Chicken – breast or leg – 1 portion, 140 Cal
Mushrooms, Brown, Italian, Or Crimini, Raw – 1 cup, 19 Cal
Noodles, Japanese, Soba, Cooked – 1 cup, 112 Cal
Soy Sauce Made From Soy and Wheat (Shoyu) – 1 tbsp, 8 Cal
Spinach – 1 portion, 34 Cal
Oil, Sesame, Salad Or Cooking-1 tbsp, 123 Cal
Dinner – 436 Calories approximately per serving.
Very first recipe of the month on FoodbyFranz. Published August 2009