Cold soba noodle dipped in a flavorful sauce is a staple in Japan during the summer. Authentic soba is made from 100% buckwheat flour (the common store-bought ones are usually mixed with wheat flour), which is gluten-free, cooling and sweet in nature. It is known for its ability to circulate qi, clear heat, and resolve dampness. According to Chinesenutrition.org:
"Buckwheat is known to clean and strengthen the intestines while also improving appetite. It has been used effectively to treat dysentery and chronic diarrhea. A bioflavonoid found in buckwheat (known as Rutin) can strengthen capillaries and blood vessels, inhibit hemorrhages, reduce blood pressure, and increase circulation of the hands and feet."
We boiled the noodle in our Better Than Coffee Tonic, and paired it with steamed yu choy, spring bamboo shoot, sesame, and a deliciously creamy dressing made from tahini, sesame oil, and shiso. We can't wait for you to try this easy recipe at home!
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- Juwari Soba Noodles (100% Buckwheat Noodles), 7.05 oz
- Hojun (Full-bodied) Sesame Oil, 3.7 oz
- Organic Green Shiso (Aojiso) Dressing - Oil Free, 6.66 floz
Herbal Buckwheat Soba with Tahini Dipping Sauce
VEGAN |GLUTEN-FREE | NUT-FREE
1/2 pack (3-4oz) Juwari Soba Noodles (100% Buckwheat Noodles)
2 Better Than Coffee Tonic Bags (optional)
1/2 cup tahini
1 tbsp sesame oil
Organic Green Shiso (Aojiso) Dressingor simply soy sauce and vinegar or another of your favorite sauce
1 bunch of yu choy or another leafy vegetable
1 bamboo shoot or another seasonal vegetable of choice
2 tsp black and white sesame
Fresh scallion or other fresh herbs.
Boil 2 quarts water and 2 tonic bags (if using) in a pot.
Add soba to the boiling water and cook until it is soft / al-dente. Shock cooked soba with ice water. Preserve the cooking water.
In a mixing bowl, mix tahini, sesame oil, shiso dressing/soy, 1/3 cup of hot cooking water. Add cooking water slowly to adjust consistency. You may add less or more.
Adjust seasoning of the dipping sauce.
In a steamer, steam yu choy and spring bamboo shoot, or the vegetables of your choice. You can also choose to saute them.
On a plate, place soba, vegetalbes, and sesame seeds. Dip with the tahini dressing. Sprinkle with fresh scallion. Enjoy!
You can drink the left-over cooking water! Do not waste it!