Soba Noodle Salad

16 October 2013

I have no idea where this recipe came from, but from where I stand it came from my mum.

It became a staple in our house one summer, and has been a favourite ever since. It's healthy, easy, and most importantly, delicious. It does require a quick trip to the Asian food shop if you don't have the ingredients on hand, but they are very common Japanese ingredients that can be found in any standard shop that sells Asian food. It's worth it, I promise.

First, you put on a big pot of water to boil while you chop up the veg.

You can use any vegetables you like, but I tend to use cucumber, mooli and celery most of the time. I julienne them quite thin so that it blends in well with the noodles.




You also need a bit of protein. I like to use egg and tuna, but you can also use thinly sliced ham or something similar.




The tuna is pretty self-explanatory - drain and empty the contents into the big bowl you're going to use for the salad. For the eggs, I do a kind of eggs-only frittata, cooked with a little sesame oil.






As for the sesame oil, you can get it quite easily at the supermarket - just make sure you get the pure kind, not the diluted.




It's time to boil the noodles. Follow the instructions on the packet, usually just a few minutes to cook, then drain and rinse well with cold water.




You want to mix in a spoonful of sesame oil with the noodles immediately, to stop them from sticking and stretching. It also adds a lovely flavour to the salad.

The "dressing" is what the trip to the Asian food shop is for - the "tsuyu" for soba noodles. Toss all the ingredients together with a generous amount of tsuyu to taste, sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds, and serve.





It is so refreshing in the warmer months, but just as good in autumn and winter (especially followed by hot green tea). It would probably make a good packed lunch as well!


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19 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I love soba noodles. x

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    1. soba noodles are so good, and healthy to boot! x

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  2. Compared to the post about Tosa this one is a huge relief;-) This is something I am capable to try and I will:)

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    1. haha i don't cook complicated at home, that's more E's speciality! x

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  3. Ohh this looks SO good and pretty easy to make too! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. if i can make it, anyone can :) x

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  4. looks delicious. i never ventured out with soba noodles except having it with dip. would love to try this one out. thanks!

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    1. standard zaru-soba is definitely one of my all time favourite foods, but it's also nice to change it up a bit :) x

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  5. Oh this looks delicious! I've been a little obsessed with asian food at the moment, so this is another recipe to add to my list.

    Good tip with the noodles! I usually pour some more hot water over, but it doesn't always work, more of a trick for rice really.

    Hmm maybe...

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    1. i think people assume Asian food is harder to make than it actually is - i'm glad you're into it! x

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  6. This looks so delicious! I'd never think to put eggs with noodles, but i'll have to try it sometime

    Little Blue Backpack

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    1. please do, it goes really well together :) x

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    1. thanks for stopping by Jennie! x

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  8. I am in love with your posts. I am so glad you also post recipes of yummies so that I can try them at home!

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    1. homemade is a must isn't it? otherwise my wallet would shrink to nothing and my waistline would shoot the opposite direction ;) x

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  9. love soba noodles! i usually just make zaru soba, but this will be a great twist to our usual. :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. zaru soba will always be a favourite of mine too, but it's also very versatile it's worth trying out new variations! x

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  10. Yumm! Okay I'll definitely have to try this out :)

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