I heard about them only recently and fell in love with them instantly. Anything that is unconventional stands out among others and so are these noodles. Made from buckwheat and extremely popular in Japan, they are eaten cold – in fact, people prefer eating them in hot weather.
All the starch part which is so usual of others noodles is warded off by washing them continuously under cold and running water. And this makes their taste altogether different. Usually, they are spiced up with a variety of condiments and soy sauce, but you cannot rule out experimentation. Try them with the given recipe and then introduce your own touch the next time.
Preparation time: 30-35 minutes
Ingredients for Making Soba Noodles
8 ounce soba noodles
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 garlic cloves
A tsp or less rice vinegar
Salt as per taste
Half cup basil
½ cup of sesame seeds
3-4 medium sized scallions
2-3 tsp sesame oil
A tsp peanut butter
A bell pepper
Half cup mint
Half a bowl roasted peanuts
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
3-4 crushed red chillies
You can also use ginger, wasabi, carrots, cauliflower, and shiso leaves.
Steps of Preparation
Unpack the noodles. Heat a pot of water. When water starts boiling, start placing noodles bunch by bunch into it. When you are done immersing them, stir them a bit so that they all get rinsed well. Lower the gas flame and give the noodles enough time to swell. Generally, this should not take more than 8-10 minutes. Cook until they are delicate enough to be chewed. Overcooking will make them mushier and they will not stand out when you mix them with sauce and other condiments.
The noodles need to be washed thoroughly now. Transfer them to a large sized colander; this will strain water from them. Fill a pot with cold water and place your noodles in it. Put the pot directly under running water and start washing the noodles by rubbing them against each other. This is very similar to rubbing of the cloth to remove a stain from it. When almost all the starch has been washed away, consider that the cleansing part is over.
Keep the noodles aside. What Japanese do generally is that they place the washed noodles over wooden sieve in order to ward off extra water from them. In fact, they serve them over the ones made up of bamboo.
This is the time for spicing them up. Add rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame seeds. Stir in salt and sugar. Mix well. Also add other ingredients including chopped scallions, minced bell pepper, crushed red chillies, peanut butter, and garlic cloves. Mix in sesame oil, basil and mint too. Stir fry for a minute or so.
Pour this seasoning over soba noodles; toss well so that they get covered neatly with the dressing. Before serving, pour lemon juice and roasted peanuts over them. Some people prefer eating soba noodles in a different way-they pick a chunk of them with chopsticks, dip them into the sauce and eat them.
Do not wait to eat; have them as soon as they are served. Tell others how different they taste from other noodles.