Cold Soba with Peanut Sauce
Cold soba noodles are easy to prepare and cook faster than your regular pasta/noodle. This is a very simple and delicious recipe for the summer…just toss soba noodles with a spicy sauce made with peanut butter and lots of fresh vegetables.
Have you ever heard of soba noodles? Soba noodles were originated in Japan and it is made from buckwheat. They are thinner than the usual noodles and sold in the market like your dry pasta. In Japan soba noodles are served cold during summer and hot in winter, and traditionally dipped in a sauce (cold) or hot broth.
My mom used to cook soba instead of the regular pasta; one, because is faster to cook and second, because it is healthier as compared to the wheat pasta. So now I do the same…often I cook soba noodles and serve with meat sauce.
During summer I like to make it cold, almost like salad…I cut all kind of raw vegetables into Julienne or chiffonade add a protein like shrimp or chicken and top with a creamy peanut sauce which is a mix of lightly sweet, salty, spicy and citrusy. This peanut sauce really challenge all your palate senses…I know, sounds weird until you try it…and then you will be totally in love with the sauce.
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons Ponzu sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 to 2 teaspoons yuzu hot sauce, depending on how spicy you want
- Soba noodle
- Fresh basil leaves, cut into thins strips
- Cucumber, cut into thinly Julienne
- Carrot, cut into thinly Julienne
- Shredded chicken
Cook the soba noddle according to the instructions of the package. Rinse well under the cold water and make sure that the noddle is well drained. Set aside or in the refrigerator while you are preparing the dressing.
In a small bowl, add the peanut butter and water, whisk until smooth, add all the remaining ingredients. Whisk until all the ingredients are incorporated into the dressing.
When ready to serve, add in a bowl the soba noodle, vegetables, chicken and the peanut sauce. Toss all together making sure the noddle is coated with the sauce.
If you enjoy this Asian inspired noodles, you might want to take a look at Squash Noddles with Peanut Sauce recipe.
Did you know that buckwheat does not contain gluten? Buckwheat is a very nice substitute for wheat for the ones that have an issue with gluten. Buckwheat is a fruit seed and contain more mineral and antioxidants than other grains.