Currently, I am addicted to soba noodles. In truth, I love any kind of noodle (carb queen!) but these are my latest obsession. They’re easy to make and can be used in all sorts of dishes from salads to stir-frys. Last night, I went on a vegetarian tear, cutting up all sorts of spring veggies and some tofu for an Asian-flavoured dish with a soy-rice wine vinegar-hoisin-Sriracha sauce. If I’d had some mirin, I’d have used that, too, but I just grabbed what I had in the cupboards.
Serves 3 – 4
2 packages soba noodles, cooked
2 tb vegetable oil
1 2-inch piece of ginger, grated or finely diced
1 shallot, finely diced
4-5 stalks asparagus, ends trimmed, cut to bite-sized pieces
1 c broccoli
1 – 2 carrots, peeled and julienned
2 tb soy sauce
1 tb hoisin
1 1/2 c firm tofu, drained and cubed
4 – 5 handfuls of spinach leaves
1 c peas
2 tb rice wine vinegar
Sriracha to taste
1. In a large pan, heat the oil to medium heat. Add the ginger and shallot and sauté for 3 minutes.
2. Add the asparagus, broccoli and carrots along with the soy and hoisin. Sauté another 3-4 minutes.
3. Toss the spinach in next and allow to wilt a little before adding the tofu and peas. Salt and pepper to taste.
4. Add in the rice wine vinegar and Sriracha to taste.
5. Serve over the cooked soba noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions if you like!
A few months ago, we decided to implement Meatless Mondays at our place. We already had a good variety of Latin American recipes from which to pick that were vegetarian but after a couple of months, we’d pretty thoroughly exhausted them and wanted to try something new. I really enjoy coconut curry but hadn’t tried many – okay, any – recipes with tofu. J came across this recipe and made it with much success. The original recipe did not call for the soy sauce, but I would certainly recommend you use it.
1 16oz carton of firm tofu, packed in water
1 tb vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tb ginger, finely chopped
1 15oz can coconut milk
1 ts Thai curry paste (or to taste)
1 ts soy sauce
1 ts hot sauce, optional
1/2 ts salt
3 tb cilantro stems, chopped + leaves for garnish
1 c frozen peas
Juice of 1 lime
4 c cooked rice
2 tb roasted peanuts or cashews, optional
1. Drain tofu and set on a cutting board while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
2. Heat the oil in a sauté pan. Add onion, cooking over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger; add coconut milk, curry paste, salt, soy sauce and cilantro stems. Simmer gently. (If you’re using the hot sauce, add it here.)
3. Cut tofu into cubes or triangles. Add to sauce, raising heat to medium. Cook until heated through, approximately 5 minutes. Add peas and cook for a few minutes until hot. Season with lime juice.
4. Serve tofu and sauce over rice and garnish with roasted nuts and reserved cilantro leaves.