Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Whether its for an exotic picnic lunch or a midnight snack, Nigella Lawson's Japanese style noodles are irresistible. Cooks notes: I love the Japanese way of eating cold noodles: I just lift a bowl to my face, fork furiously and slurp. If you want to make these part of a meal, then know that they go wonderfully well with salmon: just get some fillets, sear them in a hot pan, leaving the interior fleshily coral. But I love eating these as they are, in huge quantities and - preferably - alone. Because they're served cold, you can profitably keep leftovers for midnight fridge-raiding later. Boxed into foil containers, they are the perfect, if unconventional, food to take along for a picnic.
- 3 ounces sesame seeds
- 1 pinch salt
- 9 ounces soba noodles
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 5 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 5 scallions
- Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over a high heat until they look golden brown, and tip them into a bowl.
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add some salt. Put in the soba noodles and cook them for about 6 minutes (or according to packet instructions) until they are tender but not mushy. Have a bowl of iced water waiting to plunge them into after draining.
- In the bowl you are going to serve them in, mix the vinegar, soy sauce, honey and oil.
- Finely slice the scallions and put them into the bowl with the cooled, drained noodles and mix together thoroughly before adding the sesame seeds and tossing again.
- If possible, leave the sesame seed noodles for about half an hour to let the flavours develop.
Easy and tasty! Personally, I don't care for toasted sesame seeds, so I omitted them, and this dish was wonderful. Nice balance in the seasoning. Definite keeper.
As it was, it wasn't that great. But nonetheless I gave it a 4 star rating because I think it could be really good...next time I'll try it differently. Fewer sesame seeds and maybe apple cider vinegar instead of brown rice vinegar. Or maybe I might just add a little apple cider vinegar to the the brown rice vinegar. I just feel it needed a little something more zingy.