Buckwheat. It’s a pretty interesting grain nut thing that I can’t seem to find whole. I can get the flour pretty easily but apart from making bread from it once, I never used it again. (I really want to make Linzer Torte with it one day!) I really should use this amazing flour in bread now that I’m in a crazy breadmaking spree. Anyway, the most common way I tend to enjoy that nutty flavour is in the form of soba noodles.
And soba is one of the dozen different types of Japanese noodles I can’t get enough of. The thing with soba is that it’s so good both cold or hot. Because buckwheat doesn’t have much gluten in it, soba noodles tend to be less sticky compared to those fully made of wheat flour. I think that could be why they stay chewy even when served cold, with the signature soy dipping sauce in a Zaru Soba.
I wanted a less messy, communal way of having soba cold for dinner with my family. Nami of Just One Cookbook has tons of reliable Japanese recipes and her Soba Salad really stood out to me! (Pssst… I link to her fresh seafood store on the right. Go check it out!) This soba recipe is sooooo simple. You barely need any culinary skills, probably aside from knowing when the soba is cooked enough, to whip this up. Also because this is served cold, it’s the perfect make-ahead dish.
While the noodles is cooking to al dente, it’s just about the right time to make the seasoning sauce. This is just a suggestion. You have got to taste everything at the end cold before adjusting to your preference. I had to add a few more splashes of soy in the end.
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- 6-9 oz (2-3 bundles) Soba (Buckwheat Noodles)
- ⅔ cup Spring Onions/Scallions, sliced thinly
- 3 tbsp Sesame Seeds (I used black)
- 1 tbsp Canola or Grapeseed oil
- 3 tbsp Sesame Oil
- ½ tsp Chili Flakes (more if you like it spicier)
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 5 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Fish Sauce (optional)
- Cook the soba noodles in unsalted boiling water until al dente.
- Fill a big bowl with cold water and some ice cubes. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, stir together the honey, sesame oil, canola oil, soy sauce & fish sauce in a large serving dish.
- Sprinkle in scallions, sesame seeds & chili flakes.
- Once the noodles are ready, drain and rinse in the bowl of cold water. Use your fingers to move the noodles around to cool the strands down quickly.
- Drain very well and pour into serving dish.
- Toss well in the sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge to cool down.
- Adjust seasoning when ready to serve.
- Great with grilled meats!
Recipe lightly adapted from: Just One Cookbook