Soba Noodle Bowl w/ Sesame Dressing

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Ever have one of those laughing fits? I’m talking about inconsolable laugh-crying. It hurts and you want it to stop, but you have no control over it. Well, I had one yesterday at 9:30 in the morning.

Went to meet some ladies for breakfast and within 27 seconds of sitting down at the table, I confessed my desire to be a pirate, made a two handed air jerk motion at my face while pretending to eat sausages, and revealed that I prepare farro by sticking it up my bum. I’m sorry, this is a food blog.

I had barely started my day but had already cried away all my makeup. In between fits, I asked to talk about something “unfunny” so I could regain my composure. After two minutes chatting about CNN’s circular coverage of Malaysia Arline Flight 370, I managed to hold back my tears. Exhaustion always follows a laugh cry.

I really do want to be a pirate. I would like to keep all my limbs and my teeth though. If that is possible, I am becoming a pirate. But like a cute dirty pirate that wears a dress. I want a sword. I watch Black Sails.

Soba Noodle Bowl

large serving for 1
dressing for 4 bowls
easily doubled, triped, etc. if you’re sharing the love

 

For the Sesame Dressing:

1/2 cup tahini
1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp warm water
1 tsp red chili oil (optional)
1 tsp salt

For the bowl:
1 bundle Soba noodles
1 scallion, sliced thin
1/2 cup kimchi
3-4 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 cup kale, stems removed and chopped
1 egg
sesame seeds (garnish, optional)
olive oil
salt & freshly cracked pepper

For the Sesame Dressing: Throw it all in a mason jar and shake ‘er up. Or, if you are not a hipster, and you don’t own a thousand mason jars, whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl.

For the Perfect Soft Boiled Egg: Boil enough water to submerge your egg or eggs in a small pot. When the water is at a rolling boil, slowly and carefully lower the eggs into the pot with a spoon. This is to make sure they don’t crack when they hit bottom. Boil the eggs for EXACTLY 6 minutes. 5 1/2 minutes for a bit runnier eggs. IMMEDIATELY dump the boiling water and let cold water run on the eggs for a few minutes. When they are cool enough to handle, peel the eggs super carefully. Set aside.

For the Kale: Heat a little bit of olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Sauté the kale lightly for about 2 minutes. Season with salt & pepper. Remove from pan before the kale wilts. Set aside.

For the Shiitakes: Heat a little more olive oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add in the shiitakes in ONE LAYER. Do not crowd the pan so that the mushrooms sear properly and don’t steam. Season with salt & pepper. Sear for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.

For the Soba Noodles:  Boil according to package instructions. Drain. While the noodles are still HOT, toss with 4 tablespoons of the sesame dressing. Season with salt.

For the Bowl: Arrange the noodles in the middle of the bowl and then artfully place the kale, mushrooms, kimchi, scallions, and egg on top. Cut the egg in half and admire… Then season the egg with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top, drizzle a bit more dressing on the noodles.

Enjoy.

DANI’S NOTES:

  • You can add some roasted sweet potatoes to the mix. Yum.
  • This dressing is great on everything. I dress my salads with it.
  • ALL THIS CAN BE MADE AHEAD! Bring it for lunch! Make your co-workers jealous. It tastes great both cold and hot.
  • Eat more kimchi.
  • Be a pirate

14 Comments

  • Reply April 4, 2014

    Anonymous

    Looks delicious! Will try it tonight. Thanks!

  • Reply April 14, 2014

    Ronja

    I’ve got the dressing coming together now and am thinking of using another mason jar to layer this like a salad.

    • Reply April 15, 2014

      Danielle

      That sounds awesome! That would be really easy to take to work!

      Danielle
      I Will Not Eat Oysters

  • […] Here is my defense: I thrive to be a pirate. […]

  • Reply October 30, 2014

    Amanda

    So, I’ve made this twice now in two weeks! Well, to be fair, I still had the noodles, sauce and kale. I just reheated very lightly, so as not to overcook. And the second time, I didn’t have any shitake mushrooms left so I made some Lemongrass beef with NY Strip. And OMG. Just as good. Maybe better. Seriously this recipe will be pulled out again and again. I’m not a huge cook but this is super-duper easy. I can’t believe how incredibly mouth-watering it is. I felt I was eating heaven.

    • Reply October 31, 2014

      iwillnoteatoysters

      Yum!!!!!!!!!! It would be awesome with some strip! Great idea Amanda! Happy you’re enjoying it! I keep coming back to it too!

  • Reply January 2, 2015

    Jess

    This was delicious and satisfying. I will definitely make it again. Also the soft boiled egg came out perfect, phew! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply April 24, 2015

    Rebecca

    This meal was delicious!!!! SO EXCITED I found this blog!

  • Reply July 8, 2016

    Sheralee

    Just amazing! I had this last night and couldn’t believe how good it was! So I’m sitting here again this evening over another bowl and I just HAD to tell you how good it is!!! Thank you!

  • Reply December 2, 2016

    Michèle

    Hi.

    Realy nice recepie!

    But chopsticks are never stick inside a bol of food. In the shinto religion is this an symbol of death.
    Please think about it.

    Have a nice day
    Michèle

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