In Australia, we usually eat our noodles hot, but in Japan, noodles – especially soba noodles – are often consumed cold. They are flavoursome, textural and refreshing, and a great base or carrier for other flavours.
This dish pairs some quick pickled Shimeji mushrooms, carrots, radishes, snow peas and nori seaweed with the noodles. It is an Ottolenghi recipe from Plenty More and is is a great Summer dish.
Cold noodles are a Japanese art form. On a trip to Tokyo a few years ago I queued with a bunch of suited businessmen to have lunch in one of the city’s most renowned soba noodle restaurants. It was incredibly humbling to watch a bunch of very busy people putting aside time to sit quietly for half an hour and completely immerse themselves in the appreciation of the profound subtlety of the noodles. Enlightenment still escapes me but I’ve had my own little life moments in various London noodles bars in recent months.
I ordered a “Cold Soba Noodle Bowl” in Sydney recently, looking forward to the noodles. Sadly it was 99% shredded raw veggies, and 1% noodles. This dish fixes that ratio with a more balanced serve of noodles with the herbs and vegetables. Delicious!
Similar recipes include Mushrooms with Barley and Preserved Lemon, Glass Noodles with Spinach, and Glass Noodles with Green Mango Salad.
Browse all of our Soba Noodle dishes and our Shimeji recipes. Our recipes from Plenty More are here. Or explore our recipes for Late Summer.
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How extraordinary noodles are, and oh! What a variety! Think Japanese noodles, Chinese Noodles, Italian Noodles (pasta), Indian noodles (lots of them using interesting flours), noodles from Eastern Europe, and I guess there are many more around the world. Soba noodles are Japanese, and they make delightful cold dishes as well as hot. In Summer, cold Soba noodle dishes are almost like salads.
It is Ottolenghi day on the blog – one day per month where we publish recipes we have tried in our project of cooking from Ottolenghi books – currently we are cooking from Plenty More, but not ignoring his other books completely.
Ottolenghi has the occasional noodle dish, and our current focus on his books brought us to this recipe in his book Plenty. It brings together mango and charred eggplant in a way that makes it seem way out there, but is perfectly balanced. It is such a surprising combination of flavours and that makes this a memorable dish from the first bite – sweet from the mango and savoury from the eggplant. It is a beautiful noodle for hot summer nights or for a simple weeknight dinner any night of the year. The leftovers only get better in the refrigerator, so Yotham highly recommends making enough for lunch leftovers.
This recipe calls for a lot of oil in which to fry the eggplant (from 220 – 300 ml in different versions Yotham has printed). But the frying turns the eggplant soft and silky, and almost meaty, if a vegetarian can say that. Follow your heart, but I do recommend frying in the amount of oil that he suggests.
Similar recipes include Glass Noodles with Spinach, and Glass Noodles and Green Mango Salad.
Browse all of our Noodle dishes and all of our Eggplant dishes. Our Ottoleghi recipes from Plenty are here. Or explore our dishes for Late Summer.
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A herby noodle salad with a sauce that combines the creaminess of both peanut butter and coconut milk, bringing an Asian island flavour to this salad. It is fresh and inviting with a touch of heat and it deserves a place at your table.
Are you looking for other Noodle dishes? Try Ginger Scallion Noodles, Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango, Broth and Dipping Sauce for Noodles and Tofu, Fox Noodles, and Sesame-Ginger Sauce for Noodles.
Browse all of our Noodle dishes here, and use our basic pasta/noodle recipe to make your own noodles. All of our salads are here. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes.
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Ah, the wealth of noodles from all parts of Asia – Korea, Japan, China, South East Asia and India. An infinite number. Our local Asian grocery alone must stock over 100 different noodles. While traditional uses make fabulous dishes, using them in other ways is also delicious. For example, build salads around them.
Today’s salad is takes soba noodles as its basis and adds cooling cucumber, Japanese seaweed, miso and toasted sesame seeds. It’s a beauty!
Are you after other Noodle dishes? Try Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango, Peanut Noodle Salad with Coriander and Mint, Broth and Dipping Sauce for Noodles and Tofu, Fox Noodles, and Sesame-Ginger Sauce for Noodles.
You might also like to try Chinese Pickled Cucumbers.
Browse all of our Noodle dishes here, and use our basic Pasta/Noodle recipe to make your own noodles. All of our Salads are here. Or explore our Mid Autumn dishes.
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This year, Summer declines to do more than peek her head between the clouds about 1 day per week. Today, a couple of days after Xmas, it is cool and wet, with persistent rain. I can do no more than pretend it is Summer and dream of hot days, beaches and cool drinks.
This is a beautiful, light, Summer salad with green mango for tang, peanuts for crunch and vermicelli for bulk.
Similar recipes include Peanut Noodle Salad with Coriander and Mint, Soba Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Sesame Seed, Persian Noodles with Eggplant, Saffron and Kashk, Longan and Green Mango Salad, Jicama and Green Mango Salad; and Jicama, Green Mango and Red Radish Salad.
Or try Glass Noodles with Spinach.
Browse all of our Green Mango dishes, and all of our many and varied Salads. Our Glass Noodle dishes are here. Or explore our easy Early Summer dishes.
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