Cold Soba Noodles

Cold Soba Noodles

Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce and Iced Barley Tea

When temperature hits higher than 80ºF, I go back to the basic foods that I ate in Japan, cold noodles.

Serves 2

Ingredients: for dipping sauce = 1.5″ kombu + a handful of sliced dried shiitake mushrooms (or 1 whole dried shiitake mushroom) + 1 Cup Water + 5 T soy sauce, 3 T sugar, 1 T sake,
2 sheets of nori seaweed, 8 oz dried soba noodles, 2 scallions,

  1. To make dipping sauce, soak kombu and dried shiitake mushroom in 1 cup of water for overnight. If you are using a whole dried shiitake mushroom, crumble it before you soak it. Keep it in a fridge unless your room temperature is below 60ºF.
  2. Boil above liquid in a small pan for 5 minutes. Add soy sauce, sugar and sake. Let it cool. Take out kombu and stem part of shiitake mushroom.
  3. Cook soba al dente according to the instruction on the package. Do not over cook. Cool noodles under running water.
  4. Cut nori seaweed into match stick size with scissors. Mince scallions.
  5. Divide cold soba noodles onto 2 flat plates, scatter nori seaweed over them.
  6. Serve with dipping sauce and minced scallions.
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January 3rd Menu

My Muesil

My Muesli

Breakfast: Coffee, My Muesli with Banana

Lunch: Roasted Acorn Squash with Kale and Carrots, Sauteed Kale and Petite Tomatoes—a left over lunch.

Dinner: Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce, Miso Soup, Sweet Brown Rice, Avocado Sashimi, Soy Beans—a left over dinner. M joked, “Have you got enough food?” I’m certainly full.

Roasted Squash and Sauteed Kale

Roasted Squash and Sauteed Kale

Soba Gozen

Soba Gozen

 

 

New Year’s Day’s Menu 1/1

Green Goddess

Green Goddess

Brunch: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake, Miso Soup with Mochi and Spinach, Simmered Black Beans, Mandarin Oranges—I tried to incorporate a traditional Japanese New Year’s Day’s feast by only 2 dishes. Mochi is usually in a clear broth instead of miso. If I was at my mother’s house,  I make Kinton (Mushed Sweet Potato mixed with Chestnuts, extremely sweet) because it is a time consuming dish to make and my favorite. I like this black beans a lot, too. They are cooked with soy sauce and sugar, but not extremely sweet.

Snack at House of Crepes: Pear Cinnamon Crepe, Earl Grey Tea—a simple sweet and tea. The closest thing I could find here to a scone/biscuit and tea in England.

Dinner: Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce, Roasted Acorn Squash, Kale and Carrots with Nutty Sprinkles

New Year's Day Breakfast

New Year’s Day Breakfast

Crepe

Crepe

 

Soba Noodles and Roasted Squash

Soba Noodles and Roasted Squash

Wednesday’s Menu 9/19

Green Goddess

Breakfast: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake

Lunch: Cold Soba Noodles with Nori and Dipping Sauce

Dinner: Refried Beans, Corn Tomatillo Salsa, Tomato, Avocado, Sauteed Baby Kale, Flat Bread, Banana Bread

 

 

Cold Soba Noodles

Mexican Plate

BananaBread

 

 

 

Thursday’s Menu 7/26

Green Goddess

Breakfast: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake

Lunch: Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce and Nori

Snack: Mixed Berry Shake—a perfect snack on a hot steamy day

Dinner: Fried Rice with Vegan Smoked Ham, Lemon Dates Balls

Cold Soba Noodles

Fried Rice and Baked Tofu

Mixed Berry Shake

Lemon Date Balls

Saturday’s Menu 7/21

Green Goddess

Breakfast: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake

Cold Lunch: Potato Salad with Petite Tomatoes, Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce, Cherries

Left-over Dinner: Yakisoba, Baked Eggplant, Coconut Mochi

Summery Cold Lunch

Cherries!

Left-over Dinner

Coconut Mochi

 

 

Thursday’s Menu 5/17

Green Goddess

Breakfast: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake

Lunch: Soba Gozen (Buckwheat Noodles with Nori and Dipping Sauce, Sweet Potato, Soybeans, Tri Berry Salad)

Dinner at Motorino: Marinara Pizza with Roasted Peppers and Mushrooms, Fennel Salad—the pizza was good, although I prefer a thinner crispier crust. The wait staff was nice and service was fast enough, but the noise level was over the top. Eat-‘n-Run!

Lunch: Soba Gozen

Marinara Pizza at Motorino