Sometimes I want a taste of home, but am feeling incredibly lazy. Or more often, am too lazy to drive all the way to the Korean Grocery and just have to make do with whatever ingredients I have lying around the house, or can get at the normal grocery store. This is my go to meal for days like that.
Soba Noodles with Soy Dressing
It’s not even worth writing out a separate ingredient and instruction list, because this is one of those dishes that you are just supposed to throw together, without much effort:
Put 2 oz of soba noodles in boiling water, and cook until tender (about 6-8 minutes). Be careful not to overcook, or the noodles will get gummy. Rinse with cold water. While noodles are cooking, combine 2 tbsp of soy sauce with 1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar and 1 tbsp of roasted sesame oil. Add noodles to sauce and toss well. Top with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onion. You can add fried tofu, chicken, or any other protein or vegetable to the dish to dress it up.
For anyone who is not familiar with soba noodles, they are Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat flour. The beauty of this dish is that it is so simple, and can easily be made gluten free. Just be careful to buy the soba noodles that are 100% buckwheat; some of the cheaper ones have whole wheat flour mixed in. You can usually find soba noodles at the American grocery store, they will just be cheaper at the Korean market.