It was so hot last week, I really did not want to turn on the stove or oven any more than was absolutely necessary. Even if you’re not suffering through 90+ degree days (or even hotter, if you’re in the southwest), this is still a perfect summertime dish.
I started off by heating the water to cook the soba noodles. While the water was heating, I mixed up the sauce with soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and sesame oil.
I had just received amazing-smelling whole star anise from our friend Arushi, who recently got back from a month-long trip to India, so I decided to grind up a little of this to include in the sauce. Isn’t it pretty?
Next, I chopped up some green onions, and finished cooking the green tea soba noodles. Of course, if you can’t find green tea soba noodles, regular soba noodles (or any other Asian-style noodle) will work just fine.
Spicy Green Tea Soba Noodles
Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Forever Summer
1 package of Cha Soba (green tea soba noodles)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3/4 tsp star anise (optional)
Red pepper flakes, to taste
2 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted, if possible)
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
5 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
Cook the soba noodles according to package directions. If you can’t find green tea soba noodles, you can use regular soba noodles instead. Once the noodles are done cooking, drain and rinse in cold water.
While the noodles are cooking, mix together the honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and star anise in a small bowl. Add red pepper flakes, if desired. I like adding a good amount to give the noodles a kick!
When the noodles are cooled, mix together with the sauce, sesame seeds, and chopped green onions. Cover and place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix together, then serve. Makes a perfect dinner for a hot summer evening!