I first learned about soba noodles from my half-Japanese fiance. He introduced me to “zaru soba“, a favorite of his mom’s, which is simply chilled soba noodles that you dip in a soy saucey sauce. I made it way back in 2007. They are usually topped with scallions and bonito flakes and sometimes seaweed. Ever since my first bite of zaru soba I have been on the hunt for more delicious soba recipes. I found a recipe in The Dancing Gourmet and decided to Maggie-fy it into this…
(Note – I think this would also be awesome if you subbed mushrooms in for the eggplant. Just saying.)
Maggie’s Miso Eggplant Soba Noodles
Ingredients (serves 1-2; 1 as a meal or 2 as a side)
- 1 bundle of soba noodles (it’s probably 1.5 – 2 servings)
- 1/2 of a small/medium eggplant, thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon miso
- 2-3 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1-2 tablespoons water (or more, as needed)
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 of a medium cucumber, thinly sliced (mandoline again)
- a few spritzes of bragg’s liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
- Cook noodles according to package (usually boil for 4 minutes and then rinse in cold water).
- Saute the ginger and garlic in the olive oil over high heat for 1 minute. Add the eggplant and reduce heat to medium; saute for 2 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water if it starts to dry out.
- Add the miso, honey, and mustard and continue to cook over medium heat. Add more water as needed to make this into a creamy sauce. Cook for about 2 more minutes.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the scallions, cucumber, and noodles. Spritz with bragg’s or soy sauce.
- Serve garnished with cilantro (or whatever is in your fridge).
This really was good. I brought it for lunch, which wasn’t the best idea as I don’t like having noodles for lunch, but it worked. I actually don’t like noodles in general so the fact that I liked this must mean it’s pretty delicious.
I have another soba recipe coming, so stay tuned…
What’s your favorite noodle? Do you even like noodles?