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Figure-Friendly Soba Dipping Noodles

May 2007
Figure-Friendly Soba Dipping Noodles

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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

  • Salt
  • 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
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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