Cold soba noodles

Cold soba noodles

cold soba noodles

Do you know what a fox mating call sounds like? I didn’t until a couple of day ago. The first time we heard it while watching Netflix in the evening, we couldn’t figure out what that noise was. It sounded almost human, but not quite and then I thought that maybe it was a dog crying out for help. The noise was persistent and loud so we ran out to see what was going on. Our neighbour ran out too and proceeded to inform us that it was simply a noise of a vixen looking for a mate!

Wow! She must have been very hot to trot as the noise had a ring of desperate urgency to it. And it turns out that she was either very discerning (good on her!) when it came to selecting her mating partner or had an insatiable appetite, as the noise continued in the middle of the night last night and woke me up every time I managed to drift off. As a consequence, I am bit cranky today and really hope that our vixen friend has a quiet night in tonight.

Foxes can be a bit of a nuisance – they keep on turning our compost caddy upside down every week, even though I have tried telling them that they won’t find what they are looking for as we are vegan!! – but I love them. I occasionally catch a glimpse of their beautiful flame-red coat as they slink through the back of our garden while I am washing up. It always makes me smile.

It’s a funny coincidence as while we were walking around Stokes Croft yesterday, we came across a beautiful print by a Bristol artist that features a fox running down a city road being heckled by two seagulls. As soon as I saw it I had to get it and even though we don’t yet have a house we can hang it in yet, I’ve started a collection of artwork for our first home, as I’m super excited about putting down some roots at last!

On another note, we are still experiencing hot summer weather here in Bristol and I’m feeling a tad lazy, so my recipe today is a lazy cold soba noodle dish that takes hardly any time to prepare, but which is delicious, especially on hot days like today!

cold soba noodles chopping

cold soba noodles raw ingredients

cold soba noodles cooked ingredients

cold soba noodles mixing ingredients

serves
2-3
PREP
10 min
COOKING
10 min
serves
2-3
PREPARATION
10 min
COOKING
10 min
INGREDIENTS
  • 200 g / 7 oz soba noodles*
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 80 g / ½ cup shelled edamame
  • 10 radishes, very thinly sliced
  • 1 small spring onion, green part only, thinly sliced
  • a few slices of pickled ginger, sliced into thin strands
  • black sesame seeds, to garnish

LIME-GINGER DRESSING

METHOD
  1. Prepare a large bowl of cold water.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the instructions. Don’t take the cooking time indicated on the packet as gospel though – mine required only 3 minutes of cooking, whilst the packet stated 4-5 minutes. Also be sure to stir them gently a few times during cooking to prevent clumping.
  3. Drain the noodles – save a tablespoon of cooking water – and refresh them under a cold tap. Then quickly plunge them into a bowl with cold water. Agitate them a bit with your hands to stop them from sticking to each other. Once drained, stir a teaspoon of sesame oil through them.
  4. Cut the zucchini into 3 equal segments and then place each piece on a chopping board, cut side down, and cut each piece into 6 long wedges.
  5. Heat up a griddle pan. Once hot, brush it with a little bit of neutral tasting oil and place the zucchini pieces on it, cut side down.
  6. Grill for 4-5 minutes and then turn to the other side. Grill until charred on both sides. Chop into bite size pieces.
  7. Mix all the dressing ingredients together, adjusting the level of spiciness to taste. Add 1 tbsp of noodle cooking water.
  8. Place the zucchini, edamame, radishes, spring onions and cold noodles in a bowl and stir the dressing through.
  9. Divide the noodles between two bowls. Top with a clump of pickled ginger strands and black sesame seeds.

NOTES
*To keep this dish gluten-free, look for soba noodles that are 100% buckwheat (often it is buckwheat and wheat flour that are used together) and gluten-free certified.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
348
17%
sugars
8 g
9%
fats
7 g
10%
saturates
1 g
4%
proteins
15 g
30%
carbs
63 g
24%
*per serving
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2 reviews, 4 comments
REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Jay:
Amazing flavours and super simple to make
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Jay, I'm so happy you enjoyed them! x Ania
Catherine Orban:
I don’t know how many times I have prepared these cold soba noodles... A favourite in our home! It’s tasty, fresh, full of veggies and the dressing delicious. Thank you for your lovely recipes.
    Ania
    Ania:
    I’m so delighted to hear that, Catherine! And thank you for taking the time to let me know – much appreciated! x Ania
Grace:
foxes are SO lovely! we have a family near us and I was startled by their calls too. the kits couldn’t be cuter. :)
nice recipe!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Oh, I have not yet seen a baby fox, but I would love to, they must be adorable! Thanks, Grace :) x Ania
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