This is one of those rare dishes that virtually everyone finds appealing. What's not to like, really? Soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil add tasty Asian flavors and tahini or peanut butter (the choice is up to you) provide richness and texture. Tahini adds a stronger sesame flavor whereas peanut butter guarantees that even kids will devour these noodles. This recipe is super quick to make and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. You can find soba noodles in the Asian section of most supermarkets. If you can't find them, thin spaghetti noodles will work just fine. Add steamed vegetables and perhaps some shrimp or tofu to turn this into a complete meal in minutes!
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8 ounces dried soba noodles
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/3 cup tahini or peanut butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
hot chili paste
1/4 cup chopped scallions

Cooking Instructions

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the soba noodles and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes or according to the directions on the package. Drain the noodles, rinse lightly with cold water, and set aside.

Combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, tahini or peanut butter, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and hot chili paste to taste in a bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss to coat evenly. Serve the noodles at room temperature, garnished with the chopped scallions.

Makes 4 servings



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These noodles are best served at room temperature. If you want to make them ahead of time, toss the cooked and drained noodles with a touch of vegetable oil and keep chilled in the refrigerator for several hours. Bring to room temperature and then add the sauce. If the noodles are refrigerated after they have been dressed, the tahini or peanut butter in the sauce will solidify making the noodles clump together.

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