This dish is a version of my favorite Japanese cold noodles. If you can't get soba noodles, whole wheat pasta is a sorta-soba—a good, healthful substitute.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 20 mins
- 1 pound buckwheat (soba) noodles or whole wheat spaghetti
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil (eyeball it)
- 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced (4 generous handfuls)
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 4 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
- 2/3 cup tamari (dark soy sauce)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- A few dashes hot pepper sauce
- 1 2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shiitakes and stir-fry until softened, 2 to 3 minutes; season with salt. Remove from the heat and stir in the scallions and sesame seeds. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine 2/3 cup warm water and the tamari, honey and hot sauce. Divide the sauce among 4 dipping bowls and add the ginger and garlic slices.
- Toss the noodles with the shiitake mixture. To serve, pile one-quarter of the noodles on each of 4 large plates and place the dipping bowls alongside.
- Mastroberardino Lacrimarosa Campania Rose 2005 (Italy)