Spicy Soba Noodle Bowl Takes Care of Hungry in a Hurry

This is one of those dishes that comes together very quickly, so it’s a good one to practice the French phrase ‘mise en place’ or, as I translate it, putting things in place. This is not my normal modus operandi but it makes for a much more peaceful meal prep.

If you have a steamer pot like this one where the steamer basket is suspended over the water, you can make this dish in one pot. Just remember to keep it on a low boil or it will boil over on you!

Make Sauce*: Whirl these sauce ingredients in a blender or whisk by hand and have at the ready:
¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar**
¼ cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
1½ tablespoons packed light brown sugar (or one heaping)
1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter (or one heapingl)
2 garlic cloves (minced if not using a blender)
1 ½ tsp. fresh grated ginger
½ tsp. crushed red pepper (or to taste)
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Add-ons at the end.
1 cup salad cucumber, diced (optional)
¼ cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Steam vegetables: Fill a steamer pot halfway up and set to boil. Chop 4 cups vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Here are some ideas and the order in which they should be layered to ensure even doneness (from bottom to top: 4 cups vegetables (ex: cauliflower, carrots, celery, broccoli, bell pepper, snow peas, zucchini). When pot is boiling, place steamer basket on top and replace lid. Set timer for 3 minutes.

Cook noodles: At three minutes, remove steamer basket and drop soba noodles into boiling water. Stir and replace steamer basket and lid. Boil noodles for 3-4 minutes. Remove steamer basket, drain noodles and return to hot pot. Dribble a little more toasted sesame oil—no more than a teaspoon over the noodles—so they will separate a bit.

Compose dish: Put vegetables and dressing into pot and toss to coat. Ladle dish onto hot plates and sprinkle with chopped nuts and cucumber, if desired. You can see from this dish, I used radishes and jicama because someone ate the peanuts before I could make the dish!

The photo looks plain, but trust me, this is so good. Great fast food.

*If you make double this sauce recipe and save half, I will give you a present (another super easy salad recipe—watch for it!)
**seasoned rice vinegar is sweetened. It’s the kind they use in sushi rice. If that’s all you have, reduce or omit the brown sugar.


One thought on “Spicy Soba Noodle Bowl Takes Care of Hungry in a Hurry

  1. Pingback: Same Sauce, New Recipe: Spicy Soba Noodle Salad | stirthepotgr

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