Thursday, July 9, 2009

Spicy Soba Noodle Salad (Vegan)



One of my absolute favorite dishes in the summer is cold soba (buckwheat) noodles with a vegan dipping sauce. It does require making the dipping sauce ahead of time and then chilling it before serving.

For those times when I've been hit with a craving for cold soba noodles, and I haven't made the dipping sauce in advance, I turn to the spicy soba noodle salad below.

The dressing for this salad is a basic sesame oil-soy sauce mixture. I use Korean red chili powder for a little added heat. This is the same chili powder used to make kimchi, or Korean pickled cabbage.

This red pepper powder may be found at Asian supermarkets or online. I bought my 16-ounce bag at
H-Mart in Falls Church, Virginia.

If you can't find Korean red pepper powder, try substituting it with a couple dashes of hot sesame oil.

Spicy Soba Noodle Salad

Serves 1


2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon Korean red chili powder (or start with less and adjust according to taste)

1 bundle soba noodles
Green onions, thinly sliced, for garnishing



Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the directions on the package.

Rinse the cooked noodles under cold running tap water and drain thoroughly.


In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, and chili powder.



Toss the noodles in the dressing. Garnish with the green onions and serve.

2 comments:

tastestopping said...

Looks deceptively simple. Can it be that easy? Perhaps the Korean red chili powder will prove to be elusive, thus making it a little harder after all. But, it's such a great idea for the mid-summer heat and humidity. Then again, maybe all that spice will make me sweat even more!

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Rich said...

I just tried this with somen noodles, and it was fantastic. A lot of taste for something so simple - thanks! Korean red chili can be found through Amazon, if people have trouble finding it. I got quite the deal on 3 pounds of it back during a frenzied kimchi experimentation phase. :-) Any recipe I can find that dwindles my supply is very welcome.

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