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- 500 gm (1 lb) soba noodles
- 1 Tbsp. finely sliced spring onions
- 1 dsp pickled ginger, roughly minced (available in most supermarkets)
- 1 dsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 x chili, deseeded and finely minced (WEAR GLOVES)
- 1 dsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 500 gm (1 lb) uncooked prawns with shells still on
- Â Â satay sticks soaked in water for 20 min (wooden skewers)
- Â Â vegetable oil, for brushing
- Â Â soy sauce, for brushing
- My first pleasurable encounter with cool pasta was on a trip to Tokyo. It was Sunday morning and we were on our way to Kamakura, a seaside resort outside the capital. Breakfast was soba noodles eaten with a soy dipping sauce not unlike this one. The noodles are eaten cool, dipped in the sauce. Being the clumsy European I am, I enthusiastically dunked my noodles in the sauce and slurped away - that, I understood, was what you were supposed to do. My hosts started to laugh, not because of my slurping that was quite correct, but because of my dunking. The point, they explained, was to use the soy as a seasoning, not to turf the entire contents of my chopsticks into the bowl. Controlled dipping to about a third of the way in was the tactic they suggested and, sure sufficient, the flavour of the buckwheat noodles was revealed. I still dislike most cool pasta dishes, but Japanese soba noodles are an exception. To the eagle-eyed among you, the photo is not of soba noodles but of pasta, a perfect substitute.
- Cook the noodles in plenty of salted boiling water as you would any pasta.
- When they are cooked, drain and plunge into cool water to stop them cooking.
- Drain and place in a bowl along with the spring onions, ginger and sesame seeds.
- Combine the soy sauce with the chili, sesame oil, wine vinegar and 2 Tbsp. of water. Add in to the noodles, toss well and check seasoning, you may need more soy. Alternatively, you can keep the soy sauce mix separate and dip, as for soba noodles.
- Thread the prawns onto the satay sticks or possibly skewers, lightly brush with vegetable oil and soy sauce and grill for 2 min each side, or possibly till cooked.
- Serve on top of the noodles.
- Serves 4
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|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Serving Size 235g|
|Recipe makes 4 servings|
|Calories from Fat 24||5%|
|Total Fat 2.77g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 0.53g||2%|
|Trans Fat 0.0g|
|Total Carbs 86.23g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.1g||0%|