Okinawa Jaja Soba (Soba With Kimchi and Miso Meat Sauce)
photo by Pearl Ishizaki
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 piece cucumber
- 1⁄3 piece scallion
- 1⁄3 piece carrot
- 1⁄3 piece bitter melon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 3 tablespoons scallions, minced
- 4 tablespoons miso
- 2 tablespoons awamori
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 250 g ground pork
- 2 teaspoons broad chili bean paste (doubanjiang)
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 200 g okinawa soba noodles
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 drops chili oil (layu)
- Start by preparing the vegetables to be used. Slice the cucumber, scallions and carrot into fine strips.
- Cut the bitter melon in half then use a spoon to scoop out the white part in the middle which contains the seeds. Slice the bitter melon crosswise thinly.
- Grate the garlic then mince the white part of scallions. In a bowl, combine the garlic, scallions, sugar, awamori and miso paste.
- Bring water in a pot to a boil then boil the carrot strips for about 2 minutes or until preferred doneness. Remove the carrot from pan then rinse it with cold running water.
- On the same pot, bring back water into a boil then add half a teaspoon of salt. Put the sliced bitter melon then boil it for 2-3 minutes or until soft. Remove the bitter melon from the pan then immediately rinse with cold running water to stop the cooking process and to keep its nice green color.
- Heat a pan using medium heat then add a tablespoon of sesame oil. Put the ground pork into the pan then stir fry until the color turns brown and is cooked through.
- Make a space in the middle of the pan then add doubanjiang. Cook for about a minute in the middle then mix it well with the ground pork.
- Add the miso sauce then pour half a cup of water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low then cook until most of the liquid is reduced which takes about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from heat.
- Cook the soba noodles following the instructions in the package then drain and immediately rinse with cold running water. Toss it with half a tablespoon of sesame oil to prevent the noodles from sticking.
- Put a serving amount of the soba noodles on a plate. Add some kimchi then the miso meat sauce on top. Add a few slices of the bitter melon then the rest of the strips of vegetables.
- Add a few drops of chili oil if you prefer your jaja soba to be spicier.
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