I think we all had a moment in college where we survived off of Ramen noodles. A pack only cost a quarter and water is free! Those who wanted
to get fancy with their noodles added in chopped up veggies and meat. There are other asian noodles out there
Noodles are a popular item in Japanese cuisine. Varieties include:
Shirataki - noodles with very low carbohydrates and calories
Soba - medium, buckwheat-based noodles
Somen - very thin, wheat-based noodles
Udon - thick, wheat-based noodles
I read an article in a Boston Globe about Soba noodles. It is served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.
Chilled soba is often served on a sieve-like bamboo tray called a zaru. For kicks I went over to Kam Man Marketplace in Quincy, MA to pick up a zaru. It was only four dollar.
They had so many other kitchen items, that I had to stop myself from not buying everything.
Kam Man Marketplace
219 Quincy Ave
Quincy, MA 02169
When I get back from vacation I'm going to experiment with this recipe:
Ginger Peanut Soba Noodles
One package soba noodles
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 small clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 head broccoli, steamed
1 red or green bell pepper, thinly sliced
sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, cilantro & chopped green onion for garnish
Prepare noodles as directed on package.
Drain noodles. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, sesame oil, peanut butter, water, grated ginger and garlic. Add to noodles and toss thoroughly to coat. If the sauce seems a little too thick, add some pasta water a tablespoon at
a time until it looks like it will blend nicely with the noodles and not glop.
Top generously with chopped peanuts, cilantro, scallions, sesame seeds, and steamed broccoli.
Eat hot or even chilled or room temperature. For a heartier meal, serve with a small bowl of miso soup.