Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Quick and Satisfying: Soba Noodles in Shiitake Broth

I love this dish because it is fast, easy to make, delicious and a complete meal in one bowl! When I come home from a long day, the last thing I want to do is cook a big meal. This dish is simple and fun and does not take much time to prepare.

1 package organic soba noodles
1 stamp sized piece kombu
2 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked for 1/2 hour (reserve soaking water)
1/2 block firm tofu
soy sauce
sweet potato
optional: any other vegetables you like
  1. Boil the soba noodles in a pot until they are cooked. Drain and set aside.
  2. Boil 2-4 cups of water in a pot (depending on how much soup you want to make).
  3. Rinse off the piece of kombu and drop it into the boiling water. Add shiitake soaking water.
  4. Trim stems off of shiitake mushrooms and discard. Slice mushrooms and add to the boiling water.
  5. Dice sweet potato and any other vegetables you would like to add to the soup. Add to the boiling water.
  6. Turn the water to low and let all ingredients simmer.
  7. Cut the tofu in small cubes and add to the simmering pot.
  8. Once the vegetables are cooked, add generous amounts of soy sauce to flavor the soup.
  9. Place some noodles in a bowl and ladle the soup and vegetables on top.
  10. Garnish with sliced scallion. Enjoy!

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