Soba Noodles with Chinese Cabbage, Cucumber and Young Ginger

On Friday, March 15th, 2013


  • 180 gm soba noodles
  • ½ Chinese cabbage, shredded
  • 5 gm (1cm) piece of young ginger, finely grated
  • 1 telegraph cucumber, cut into julienne

Ponzu and sesame dressing

  • 60 ml (¼ cup) tamari soy sauce
  • 3 tsp each mirin and rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tsp bonito flakes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tsp tahini, or to taste

Preparation method

Serves 4

For ponzu and sesame dressing (see note), combine tamari, mirin, vinegar and bonito in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and set aside to cool (5-10 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve (discard solids), stir through remaining ingredients, set aside.

Meanwhile, cook soba noodles in a saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender (3-5 minutes), drain and refresh under cold running water, then drain well.

Arrange cabbage on a platter. Combine soba noodles, ginger and dressing in a bowl, toss well to combine and place on top of the cabbage, then scatter over cucumber, spring onion and sesame seeds and serve.

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