Cooking the soba takes about 6 minutes, and you can chop and assemble the remaining ingredients while the noodles cook. Purchase peeled and deveined cooked shrimp, or buy raw shrimp and add them to the boiling water a couple of minutes after adding the noodles. This recipe is easily doubled if you need more than one serving.
2 ounces uncooked soba (buckwheat) noodles
4 cups water
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup chopped cooked shrimp (about 3 ounces)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make It
Break noodles in half. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add noodles; cook 4 minutes. Add carrot to noodles in pan; cook 2 minutes or until noodles are done. Drain.
Combine vinegar, oil, soy sauce, garlic sauce, and sugar in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add noodle mixture, shrimp, onions, and cilantro; toss to coat. Cover and chill.
Note to self: Pay attention to serving size. I tripled this for my family of three. At the last minute, my daughter (who doesn't eat shrimp) opted to join us so I subbed grilled chicken. it was very good. Very quick and easy. Will definitely try it with shrimp next time.
This noodle salad is okay. The sauce could use a little something extra -- fish sauce, lime, sriracha? I added snow peas at the same time I added the carrots for a little extra veggies. I served the salad with egg rolls and an IPA.
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