Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Ginger Broth with Grilled Beancurd

Have this for lunch and then eat a cookie. Works for me.

Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Ginger Broth with Grilled Beancurd
slightly adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good
Serves 4

A small handful of dried wakame seaweed
1 x 5cm piece of fresh ginger, briused with the side of a knife
8 spring onions, scrunched up to bruise them, plus an extra 2 spring onions finely sliced for garnish
1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus extra for seasoning at the table
2 tablespoons dried bonito flakes
225g buckwheat soba noodles
300g beancurd
Back sesame seeds for garnish

Combine the ginger, bruised spring onions and soy sauce with 3 cups of cold water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, add the bonito flakes and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the wakame and simmer for another 2 minutes. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a clean pot. Remove the wakame and set it aside. Discard the rest of the contents of the strainer.

Cut the beancurd into bite-sized pieces and grill (broil) until golden and toasted.

Bring a medium-sized pan of water to the boil and add the noodles. Boil for 4 minutes and then drain and rinse under cold water.

Divide the noodles among 4 bowls. Ladle the broth evenly over the noodles and serve topped with the finely sliced spring onions, grilled beancurd, reserved wakame and back sesame seeds. Serve a pot of soy sauce at the table.


  1. I love this kind of soup, flavorful, tasty and good looking. Love it! Plus the cookie after :)

  2. It's the yin and the yang. All that healthy needs to be balanced right? That is one gorgeous soup. It's dumping buckets here today, and this is just the kind of soup I need to make me feel better about it. Simply beautiful photos!

  3. This is beautiful!! Soba noodles are total comfort food to me; I grew up eating them probably once a week! Going to have to try this recipe!

  4. Hey Gabrielle. After this bowl of goodness, you really deserve a cookie/s.

  5. Thanks Pink Patisserie. That's right - it's all about balance. Sometimes I have to remind myself that my body is a temple, not a cookie jar.

  6. Thanks Little Kitchie. You will love this.