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Simple ideas for soba noodle sauce?

vorpal Aug 8, 2007 05:28 AM

Hi all,

I have a pack of organic, high quality soba noodles here that have been taking up space for awhile simply because I can't figure out a good sauce for them.

The problem is that while I have a lot of Chinese and Thai ingredients (light soy sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, etc), apart from Japanese soy sauce, I have virtually nothing Japanese at all, and there are no stores that carry Japanese ingredients in my area.

I can easily get more Chinese, Thai, and typical North American ingredients easily. Does anyone have any suggestions that wouldn't overwhelm the soba and that would taste great?

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    jacinthe Aug 8, 2007 04:36 PM

    I LOVE this recipe for Otsu, which uses soba noodles.

    http://www.amateurgourmet.com/the_ama...

    I've used regular soy sauce instead of shoyu.

    It's a great summer dish, light and filling.

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    1. re: jacinthe
      vorpal Aug 8, 2007 05:46 PM

      I'm getting a 404 not found for that link... could you try reposting? I'm not sure what otsu is (I'm having trouble finding out through Google, since the word seems to have a lot of different uses from city names to rock stars, etc) but from the one picture I found, this sounds like it might be exactly what I'm looking for!

      1. re: vorpal
        whs Aug 8, 2007 06:17 PM

        Go to the website and click on ethnic foods--it's there

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          jacinthe Aug 8, 2007 09:22 PM

          Hrm, when I click on the link it works. Go to www.amateurgourmet.com/the_amateur_go..., and then use the search box on the left to search for "otsu".

          It's basically a soba noodle dish with a soy sauce-vinegar (and some other stuff) dressing, with cucumbers and tofu. It's a wee bit sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time.

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            Densible Aug 8, 2007 11:18 PM

            I make soba once a week, mostly cold served with a grilled fish-usually ahi. This is what I did last night:

            Sauce:

            1/3 cup rice vinegar
            2/3 cup light soy sauce
            1-2 tspoons minced ginger
            Sesame oil to taste
            finely chopped hot pepper (I had jalepeno last night) to taste
            sugar or sweet chile sauce -yes to taste OR wasabi powder or paste
            squeeze of lime juice (optional)

            Add:

            chopped scallions
            shredded carrots
            thinly sliced peeled and seeded cucumber
            thinly sliced snow peas
            halved small cherry or grape tomatoes

            Toss it all tgether with about 8-10 oz of cold soba noodles and chill before serving. Serves 2-4 people.

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        another_adam Aug 8, 2007 02:24 PM

        The most traditional flavor combination for soba is with soy sauce for salty and mirin for smoothness/sweetness. Instead of mirin, you might try combinations like rice vinegar or sherry with small amounts of other sweeteners (sugar, honey). I like making a sauce with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a little sesame oil and chinese hot mustard. I imagine that sauces with chinese flavored soy sauces might be interesting, too (mushroom, etc.)

        You dilute the sauce to the desired strength by adding water or fish (bonito) broth-- maybe something like anchovy broth would work too? (Dilute more for a soup, less for a dipping sauce)

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          Mila Aug 8, 2007 12:45 PM

          I love Nigella Lawson's cold Soba Salad with a nice piece of MR salmon to top.
          Easy and light for hot summer nights.

          http://www.channel4.com/life/microsit...

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            ExercisetoEat Aug 8, 2007 07:29 AM

            Here's a delicious recipe for chicken soba noodle soup from Wholefoods. I really enjoyed it when I made it a few months ago. It may be not the best idea for August, but I love soup anytime of the year.
            http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recip...

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