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.


Anonymous 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.