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Benefits of Japanese Soba Noodles

Soba Noodles

I am obsessed.  I can’t. stop. eating. these.  I’m not sure what it is.  Between the chewy texture, hearty taste, salty flavor, thin-ness of the noodles and intriguing color- I can’t resist.  They were so good that I ended up eating half of the batch before I even tossed it with a sauce or seasoning.  Now I’m probably building them up (I always do that) but really, you need to try!
Soba noodles are Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat flour.  Buckwheat is actually not a grain, but is a seed that is taken from rhubarb.  Because these noodles are made from buckwheat, they have an exceptional nutritional profile… 

  •  Rutin, a flavanoid, is prevalent in buckwheat and has been proven to be a powerful antioxidant, helping to fight cancerous free radicals.  Also it has been shown to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol
  • High in protein (in comparison to other noodles)  One cooked cup contains about 6g of protein.
  • Contains Vitamins B1 and B2, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphate and Iron
  • Has about 113 calories/cup, no sugar and relatively no fat!
Soba Noodles

I bought these noodles before I knew of a recipe I wanted to try.  As I was browsing recipes, I came across a Thai-Peanut Soba Noodle Salad, which required me to buy some cooking staples that I have yet to purchase for my apartment (rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce).  I went to the store after work, and in all honesty, I was absolutely starving, so I cheated.  I bought a pre-made Thai peanut sauce.

I know, it’s terrible, but I couldn’t even fathom the thought of taking the time to make the sauce and enjoy it, with my stomach growling.  But one day soon, I will make this sauce from scratch.  For now, here is a quick idea for dinner!

What you’ll need:
  • Chopped Veggies of your choice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Thai peanut sauce, to taste
  • 1 bundle of Japanese Soba Noodles

Directions:
Start by boiling a pot of water for the noodles (Noodles only take about 5-6 minutes to cook, so time accordingly!) and cook noodles according to packaging

Soba Noodles

Chop up your vegetables

Heat olive oil in a pan and stir fry the vegetables

Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste

Drizzle the Thai Peanut Sauce

Toss noodles with the stir fry and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Soba Noodles

I really can’t stand when my noodles are drenched in sauce, so this was perfect.  The stir fry gave the noodles a light coat of sauce and a great flavor.  Since I like the au-naturel taste of Soba, I loved it.  But if you don’t like them plain, try adding a little more sauce.

This was a quick meal, perfect for my starving self after work, and for a great lunch the next day.  I even made more for dinner the next night!  Soba noodles are good hot or cold, so I will have to try a cold recipe next…. and with homemade sauce!
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    az
    November 10, 2013 at 3:10 am

    i love soba noodles also, i have soba noodles with black pepper,miso and wasabi on seaweed, really nice

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      thefreshfind@gmail.com
      November 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Az, that sounds really good. Do you wrap the mixture around seaweed or just sprinkle the seaweed in?

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