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This recipe was in my Inbox one morning, and it's become one of my favorite dishes. It's supposed to be a side dish, but it's very good for indulging late at night on your own when you feel like a midnight nosh.
- 1⁄4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons mirin (rice wine)
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces soba noodles
- 3 medium radishes, cut into 1/8 inch rounds and then into 1/8 inch strips
- 2 medium scallions, trimmed and sliced thin on bias
- 1⁄2 cup bean sprouts
- Toast the sesame seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 2 1/2 minutes.
- Set 1 tablespoon seeds aside.
- Place the remaining seeds in the jar of a blender.
- Add the oil and process on low speed for 10 seconds.
- Scrape down the sides of the blender and process for another 10 seconds.
- Add the soy sauce, mirin, and vinegar and process to combine, about 5 seconds.
- Set the dressing aside.
- Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a medium pot.
- Add the salt and soba noodles and boil until al dente, about 4 minutes.
- Drain the noodles in a colander and return them to the cooking pot.
- Add cold water to the pot, swishing the noodles around to wash away the starch.
- Drain well.
- Transfer the noodles to a large mixing bowl and toss with the dressing.
- Let stand 5 minutes.
- Add the radishes, scallions, sprouts, and reserved tablespoon sesame seeds and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.
sorry for the delay in reviewing this, but here's the story-- i had made a bunch of disappointing recipes. made the dressing for this, tasted it, and said-- too vinegary, so, i refrigerated it. by the way, i am able to buy toasted crushed sesame seeds here and thats what i used, and put all the ingredients in my good old fashioned shaker cruet and shook my heart out. the next day i tasted the dressing again, and lo and behold! the flavors had blended, and this was awesome with soba noodles, some fresh cucumber, scallions, and an extra shake of toasted sesame-- a keeper for sure, ty mirj
Great recipe! I was in the mood for something fast and easy and I made this in no time! I added a little more soy sauce after I mixed the sauce and noodles together, but only because I'm a salt freak and for me the sesame flavor was a little overwhelming, but other than that I loved it and will be making again!