Recipe:

Soba Noodles with Smashed Cucumber & Sesame

Soba Noodles with Smashed Cucumber & Sesame recipe

This soba noodle dish is fresh and light, but packed with toasty, nutty flavours and a nice kick from the chilli flakes and spring onion. You may gain new appreciation for the simple cucumber after this one!

Preparation time Prep: 10 mins
cook time cook: 15 mins
serves:
2
Skill level Easy Peasy

You will need:

  • 1 packet soba noodles
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced, whites cut into 2 or 3-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds
  • Salt
Cucumber herb salad
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ bunch mint
  • ½ bunch coriander
Dressing
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
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Recipe: Simon Toohey

Directions:

  • 1Fill a pot with water and bring to the boil.
  • 2Pick and wash the mint and coriander. Roughly chop the cucumber into small but odd shapes, place in a mortar and pestle and lightly smash to break them down a bit and remove some water. Then cover with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and half the toasted sesame seeds along with salt, chilli flakes, and golden syrup. Add the juice of half a lemon, mint and coriander.
  • 3Turn a burner on a low flame and cover with a heatproof wire wrack. Season the whites of the spring onion with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of sesame oil. Place them on the wire rack and cook for a few minutes, turning occasionally, until they begin to colour.
  • 4For the dressing, mix the soy, golden syrup, 3 tablespoons sesame oil, 1 tablespoon water and chilli flakes in a bowl and add most of the chopped spring onions, reserving some for garnish.
  • 5When the water starts boiling, pour in 1 tablespoon salt and place the soba noodles in, giving a gentle stir so they are all immersed in the water and not sticking together. After 3 minutes or when they are cooked through, remove from the water and rinse with cold water to cool them down.
  • 6Transfer your noodles to a serving bowl. Top with the cucumber and herb salad, finish with the rest of the sesame seeds and spring onions, and drizzle over the dressing.
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