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.
A few notes. 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.
Start by cooking the noodles. Always check package instructions for best results.
This isn’t Italian pasta so you’ll want to dump the cooked noodles in iced water to stop cooking and prevent them from sticking to each other.
Once the noodles have been refreshed in iced water, drain well.
Now, comes the very simple no-cook sauce.
Grate some ginger and garlic.
Add freshly-squeezed lemon juice…
… soy sauce…
… and honey. Stir them all together.
Spoon the sauce over the drained noodles.
Add the edamame and scallions. Add more sauce. And your Japanese-style spicy soba noodles with edamame is ready to be enjoyed.
Japanese-style Spicy Soba Noodles With Edamame
For the sauce
- 1 teaspoon grated garlic
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- light soy sauce
- juice of about half a lemon
Cook the soba in plenty of boiling water.
Drain the noodles and dump into a bowl of iced water and let sit until cold. Drain the noodles once more.
Prepare the sauce. Place the grated ginger and garlic in a bowl. Stir in the lemon juice, soy sauce and honey.
Add the sauce to the noodles, little by little, and tasting after each addition.
Toss in the edamame and scallions. Add more sauce to flavor the vegetables.
Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and dig in.