Saturday, September 19, 2009

Soba Noodles

A few months ago, my office moved less than 6 miles away from home! It still takes me about 15 minutes because it's all local, but it's still nice to be so close.

One of the benefits of being so close is that I can go home for lunch! I don't do it often, but it's nice to know it's an option.

On this particular day, I didn't bring a lunch like I usually do and didn't have lunch plans with anyone, so I decided to go home. There were no leftovers in the fridge (otherwise I would've brought those for lunch), so I needed to make something quick. We're going through a heat wave right now in California, so I decided on cold soba noodles. Quick, refreshing, healthy, and delicious!

This is my submission for Presto Pasta Nights which is being hosted by Sara of I'm a Food Blog. Check out the rest of the submissions on Sept 25th!

- 1 serving of soba noodles
- Edamame (I used frozen)
- 1-2 slices of ham
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar (or any vinegar will do if you don'to have rice vinegar)
- Mirin (honey or sugar is fine if you don't have mirin)
- Miso paste (if you don't have this, just leave it out and put more soy)
- Wasabi paste (optional, if you want a bit of kick)

- Boil a pot of water and cook the soba according to package directions. Put the edamame in also, just to heat them through. Immediately drain and rinse with cold water when done and set aside.
- Mix a bit of soy, vinegar, mirin, miso paste, and wasabi in a bowl to taste. If you're missing some of the ingredients, no big deal. Just substitute the soy and miso with something salty, the vinegar with something sour and/or citrusy, and the mirin with something sweet.
- Toss the noodles in the sauce and top it with the edamame and julienned ham and you've got yourself a quick and easy summer meal.


That Girl said...

I live pretty close to work, but I still never manage to get home for lunch! It is nice to be able to stop off for groceries or things on my way home and still make it back early enough to hit up the dogpark.

Olga said...

so simple, but full of flavors.

Reeni said...

How nice to live close enough to go home for lunch! These sound yummy! I love Soba noodles and edamame!

Carolyn Jung said...

I love soba any time of the year. Something about it is just so comforting. And thanks for reminding me how delicious ham goes with it.

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Mmm... total comfort food to me! I can totally relate to being close to home from work and enjoying meals for lunch!

foodhoe said...

oh I am so jealous of your non-commute! I love cold soba especially with wasabi mixed in.

Joanne said...

Going home for lunch is one of my favorite parts of the day. There is something so relaxing about sitting at your own kitchen table and eating lunch - it makes it feel like a weekend. This is a great throw-together salad. Perfect for PPN!

Sara said...

I am loving the combination of flavors in that sauce. I also wish I could run home for lunch every now and then, what a great luxury :)

Thanks for sending this in to PPN this week!