Saturday, April 2, 2011

Soba Noodles with Soybeans, Tofu, Nori and Miso Sauce

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It's pretty rare that I come up with a recipe that doesn't require hours and hours of work. But I've done it this time -- simple and flavorful soba noodles with lots of protein in under 30 minutes!

You'll need:
  • 2 servings (6 ounces) soba noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
  • 2 tablespoons dried nori, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes then drained
  • 1 cup frozen soy beans, thawed
  • 1 block (6 ounces) baked tofu curd, medium cubed
  • 1 portion of miso sauce, recipe below
  • sliced scallion for garnish (optional)
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
For miso sauce, you'll need:
  • 2 heaping tablespoons miso paste
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, depending on your preference)
  • 1 teaspoon tahini paste
Combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Whisk together until all ingredients are well integrated. Set aside.

Boil soba noodles according to package instructions. Combine with all the other ingredients. Toss together with miso sauce. Garnish with scallion and/or sesame seeds. Serve warm or cold.

The key to this simple dish is definitely the sauce. It brings all the flavors together with its savory, nutty, sweet and spicy goodness. And! This is actually something that is completely do-able after a long day at work (assuming that you have all the ingredients lying around like I do).


  1. Oh, I love the hint of spice here. Looks like a meal that's going to show up at my table next week.

  2. Belinda, this is a good recipe to try! I really liked this and I hope you will too!

  3. Tried it tonight and it was a major hit, even with my pre-teen, picky eater carnivore son! I stir-fried (in sesame oil) some chopped savoy cabbage, some leek and some carrot splinters just to add a bit of color and extra vegetables. Next time I might try some red pepper for the vitamins. Love your website!

  4. Did it tonight, stir fried a little grated ginger in sesame oil added the tofu a little soy and then the rest, my 8 year old daughter loved it! Thank you!