Japanese-style spicy soba noodles with edamame
Got shelled edamame? Here’s a fast and easy noodle dish that you can use the beans with. No real cooking involved — just boiling soba. All the flavors come from a sauce made with grated ginger, grated garlic, light soy sauce, lemon juice and honey.
There are several varieties of soba available in the market including cha (green tea) soba. You can use any kind you prefer or is available. You can even use ramen or udon.
Recipe: Japanese-style spicy soba noodles with edamame
- 40 to 50 g. of soba (or whatever amount you usually use for a single serving)
- about 1/3 c. of cooked and shelled edamame
- 2 scallions (onion leaves), sliced thinly
- 1 tsp. of toasted sesame seeds
For the sauce:
- 1 tsp. of grated garlic
- 1 tsp. of grated ginger
- light soy sauce (I used Kikkoman — see notes below)
- juice of about half a lemon
- Cook the soba in plenty of boiling water. Check the package directions for recommended cooking time. I usually go for 10 minutes.
- Drain the noodles and dump into a bowl of iced water and let sit until cold. This is important so that the noodles won’t stick to one another.
- Drain the noodles and prepare the sauce.
- Place the grated ginger and garlic in a bowl.
- Add the lemon juice…
- … soy sauce …
- … and honey. See the notes after the recipe about the amounts.
- Stir the sauce.
- Spoon the sauce over the drained noodles. Stir and taste after adding every tablespoonful to make sure you’re not overdoing it.
- Add the edamame and scallions. Toss. Taste and add more sauce if needed.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and dig in.
Light soy sauce doesn’t just refer to color. Light soy sauce is also less salty. So, consider that before thinking about substituting dark soy sauce.
The reason I didn’t specify the amounts of the soy sauce and honey is that the balance between saltiness, tanginess and sweetness is always a matter of personal preference. I suggest you start with a tablespoonful each of soy sauce, lemon juice and honey, then make adjustments from there to find the balance that you prefer.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1