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Sesame Soba Sprout Satisfaction

Blog from the Kitchen

Sesame Soba Sprout Satisfaction

Terry Stanislow

I love my noodle bowls and this one is a quick and simple lunchtime standard.  The key ingredients are in layers bottom to top:   1.fresh bean sprouts, 2. noodles, 3. veggie toppings and 4. sauce/sprinkles.    All kinds of great nutrition here with fresh, crispy bean sprouts, red pepper (super source of Vitamin A), shredded carrot (carotenoids), black beans (because they were there - protein plus), cilantro.  You can put anything in according to your own taste.  Mine was a raw lunch salad, but you can easily turn it into a hot dish.  This recipe uses fresh soba noodles ready to go, so you can add them cold, or heat them up in a bit of sesame oil.  You could use rice vermicelli or any noodle you like, either fresh or needing a little prep.

About the noodles:  Soba is the Japanese word for buckwheat and soba noodles are a nice alternative to wheat noodles (Udon).  Buckwheat is high in protein and manganese and rich in phytonutrients, which are antioxidants.  It is heart-healthy, high in fibre and has other nutrients as well.  It has a nice, nutty flavour, so worth doing some research on if you are interested.  The nutrient profiles of various noodles such as rice, wheat, spelt, kamut, buckwheat, and many others, are different, so I like to mix them up for variety.

To construct:  Put bean sprouts on the bottom of the bowl.  Add noodles (whichever ones you like, hot or cold), top with vegetables (red pepper, carrot, beans, cilantro) (veggies can be raw or cooked), sprinkle with sesame seeds and throw on a tasty sauce.  I also put in some kimchi (Korean style cabbage).  I always add sauerkraut or kimchi whenever I can - good for digestion!  Just use your favourites.  (try green onion, celery, different beans, tofu, peas, etc.)

Sauce:  2 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce (sriracha will work if you are into heat),  2 tablespoons rice vinegar (lemon juice, other vinegars would work), 1 teaspoon dulse flakes (optional), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 clove minced garlic.  Mix it up according to your taste.  That's all!