Japanese

Soba Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms

A simple and quick vegan cold noodle salad with soba noodles and shiitake mushrooms in a light dressing. Great for lunch or dinner on a hot summer's day.

As the temperature heats up here in Barcelona, draining our energy and pushing dinner time ever later into the night, we are on an active search for cool, refreshing dishes which can be whipped up in a matter of minutes to avoid turning on the oven and slaving in a hot kitchen. Soba noodles fit the bill perfectly. While soba noodles can be prepared both hot and cold, I most often use them mixed with whatever vegetables I have on hand and tossed in a light dressing to make a refreshing cold salad. Soba has a delicate nutty flavour so in order to get the full experience, it’s important to not overload the noodles with too much dressing and mask their lovely flavour. Simple is always better.

A simple and quick vegan cold noodle salad with soba noodles and shiitake mushrooms in a light dressing. Great for lunch or dinner on a hot summer's day.

Texture is also important with these noodles, and for that the Japanese technique is to wash the noodles vigorously in cold water by rubbing them together until the water runs clear in order to remove the excess starch and prevent a sticky, gloopy mess of noodles. I have to say that I consider soba to be an acquired taste. I wasn’t really sold on them the first few times that I tried them. However, their simplicity and versatility enticed me to try them again and again and I am now a happy soba convert. This dish of soba noodles with shiitake mushrooms is one of the simplest I have made and is great as a light meal or as a side dish to something a little heartier.

Soba Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms

Soba Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • A large handful of dried shiitake mushrooms (about 40 grams)
  • 1 package (300 grams) soba noodles
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek or sriracha (adjust to taste)
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Soak the shiitake mushrooms in hot water until rehydrated, about 30 minutes. Drain and then slice them. Discard the woody stems.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package directions. Once soft, drain them and rinse under cold water. Once they are cool, begin to wash them by rubbing them together. Continue until the water runs clear.
  3. Mix together all the liquid ingredients. Combine the noodles, shiitake mushrooms, green onion, and dressing and toss to coat. Serve garnished with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Notes

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetariannoodles/r/Vegetarian-Soba-Noodles.htm


A simple and quick vegan cold noodle salad with soba noodles and shiitake mushrooms in a light dressing. Great for lunch or dinner on a hot summer's day.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    marla
    July 6, 2015 at 12:11 am

    This looks fantastic!!!

  • Reply
    Adriana
    December 1, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Looks delicious! Could this also be served warm?

    • Reply
      Melissa
      December 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Sure.

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