Cha (Green Tea) Soba With Miso Sauce
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Cha (Green Tea) Soba With Miso Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 150 grams cha (green tea) soba (green tea) soba
  • 100 grams pork shoulder (must have some fat), thinly sliced and sprinkled lightly with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1 carrot julienned
  • 1 large white onion thinly sliced
  • 50 grams sweet pea pods stringed
  • 100 grams oyster mushrooms cut into halves or quarters
  • a small bunch of bok choy cut into one-inch slices
  • 1 heaping tablespoon miso paste dissolved in 1/4 cup of hot water
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Cook the noodles in plenty of boiling water for about five minutes. Drain. Dump into a bowl of iced water and leave them there while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blanch the carrot, sweet pea pods and oyster mushrooms for about a minute, dump into iced water then drain.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan. Add the pork and cook, stirring, until no longer pink. Pour in the mirin. Cook, uncovered, until the liquid has evaporated and the pork starts to render fat, about seven minutes. The pork will caramelize in the residual sugar of the wine so watch closely so that they don’t get burnt.
  • As soon as the pork starts to brown, add the sliced onion and bok choy. Stir fry for about thirty seconds then pour in the miso paste mixture. Stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the delicious bits of caramelized goodness stuck there.
  • As soon as the mixture bubbles, turn off the heat. Add the carrot, pea pods and oyster mushrooms. Toss. Taste. Add salt and pepper, as needed.
  • Drain the noodles. Toss with the pork and vegetables. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve the cha soba with miso sauce.