Spicy Broccoli and Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

"This is an easy, tasty weeknight meal I adapted from a Moosewood cookbook. It comes together pretty quickly, especially if all your ingredients are ready to go in advance. If you're not into tofu, chicken would probably work fine."
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  • Bring 3 quart water to boil in a large pot.
  • While water heats, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, cornstarch and vinegar until smooth and set aside.
  • When water boils add soba noodles and cook 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, warm vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until garlic turns golden (less than a minute).
  • Stir in broccoli, water and sake; cover and cook 3-4 minute.
  • Stir in carrots, tofu and soy sauce mixture; cook for another minute or 2 until sauce thickens then reduce heat to low.
  • When soba noodles are al dente, drain and rinse them. Add to the vegetables and stir until they are coated with sauce.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds.

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  1. I almost gave this one three stars. It took less than a half an hour to make, so I bumped it up to four. I added a little ginger and ended up using egg noodles because I was out of soba. It didn't have much flavor, at least not compared to some similar recipes I have tried. Great for a quick meal, still yummy, just not exceptional. Thanks. Oh yeah, I doubled the sauce like AJO suggested and it worked out fine-if you only do what the recipe calls for it's not enough.
  2. This was fast and easy to make. I loved the taste of the sauce, but once I added the soba noodles it diluted the taste quite a bit and we felt it was a bit bland. It's worth making again, however, and next time we'll either double the sauce or reduce the pasta. I left out the vegetable oil in an attempt to cut back on some fat. Thanks for posting.


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