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Warm Soba Noodle Bowl

Time: 40 minutes. A popular Japanese winter dish, warm soba with toppings is just the thing for lunch on an overcast day. The broth is made with dashi, a staple soup base whose delicate flavor comes from dried bonito tuna flakes and seaweed.

  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 none eggs
  • 6 cups liquid dashi (or use concentrate)*
  • 4 none shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 16 ounces dried soba noodles
  • 20 none thin slices daikon, peeled
  • 1 none sheet nori seaweed, cut into 1/4- by 1-in. strips
  • 2 none green onions, finely sliced diagonally

Preparation

1. Put eggs in a small pot of cold water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover, and let sit 15 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water.

2. Bring dashi to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add mushrooms, mirin, and soy sauce.

3. Bring a 3-qt. saucepan of water to a boil. Add soba and cook, stirring to separate noodles, until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain but don't rinse. Divide noodles among 4 serving bowls.

4. Pour 1 1/2 cups of dashi over noodles in each bowl. Arrange mushrooms and daikon over noodles, dividing evenly so each bowl has a neat row of both. Peel eggs and cut each in half lengthwise, placing 1 half in each bowl. Divide nori and green onions among bowls.

*Find liquid dashi in containers in Japanese groceries and some gourmet stores. It's more widely available as a dry concentrate called dashi-no-moto; reconstitute according to package directions.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 436none
  • Calories from fat: 6.9%
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fat: 3.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 88g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Sodium: 1534mg
  • Cholesterol: 106mg
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