Sesame Soba Noodles

Sesame Soba Noodles @fifteenspatulas

When I think of summer, I always look forward to a bowl of cold Asian noodles.

Can you think of a dish that’s more refreshing? I can’t. Cold noodle salads win the shiny crown!

I have to admit that one of my favorite parts about making Asian dishes like this is how easy it is to make. With soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sriracha in my fridge, and a knob of ginger always in my freezer, I know I can always whip something flavorful together.

Soba Noodle Salad

Aside from the pantry staples, you only need to add a few fresh ingredients to this. I always add scallions to my Asian noodle dishes, but this was my first time making the scallions curly. I recently watched a video from my friend Jaden on how to do it. Isn’t it fun?

Cold Asian Noodles

Basically you cut the green onion vertically and tear long strips apart, and soak them in ice water until they curl. They make the noodles look so fancy!

The other fresh “must” is to throw in a ton of grated cucumber. I strongly recommend using an English cucumber instead of the Kirby variety. The English cucumbers have a much better flavor for this dish.

Asian Noodle Salad

Cook the soba noodles in boiling water, then toss in the Asian dressing along with the cucumbers, scallions, and some sliced chicken if you’re looking for some extra protein.

Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Enjoy, and stay cool out there!

Sesame Soba Noodles Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mirin (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 12 oz package soba noodles
  • 1 english cucumber, grated
  • scallions, for garnish
  • sliced chicken breast or boiled eggs, optional

Directions:

  1. To make the dressing, whisk to combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, sriracha, sesame oil, ginger, and sesame seeds. Set aside.
  2. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and season the water with enough salt for it to taste like ocean water. Cook the soba noodles according to the time on the package, checking a few minutes before to see if the soba noodles are done. When the soba noodles are al dente, immediately drain the noodles and place the noodles in a big bowl of ice water to chill, for about 30 seconds. Drain the noodles from the ice water and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Toss the soba noodles with the Asian dressing and mix with the grated cucumber, scallions, and chicken breast. It is best to eat either at room temperature or after it has chilled in the fridge. The noodles are best eaten within a day or two. Enjoy!
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