Buckwheat Soba Yakisoba

Buckwheat Soba Yakisoba

What could be better than pan-fried marinated pork in a spicy umami base? One that flirts with hints of ginger, garlic and sambal spices in a jumble of peppery and nutty soba noodles? Oddly, yakisoba, which literally translates to “fried buckwheat”, has historically been made with wheat noodles, rather than buckwheat (soba) noodles. Since we like to blend tradition, culture and curiosity, we’re presenting this recipe with the literal translation (soba noodles), but with Indonesian spice (sambal). What is life but not a curious mix of many histories? Feeling more “traditional?” Swap the soba with our ramen!


From: 
Chef, and fellow Noodler, Jon Silveira

Servings: 
Serves 3 as entrée; serves 4 as small plate

Active Prep Time: 
1 hour prep, 15 minutes assembly


Categories: 
Asian
Moderate
Strands

Ingredients: 

PORK MARINADE:
8 ounce pork loin
2 tablespoons ginger, brunoise (square dice)
2 cloves garlic, brunoise (square dice)
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt

1 9oz package of Dumpling & Strand’s Gluten-free Buckwheat Soba (or Fresh Ramen)
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 carrots, julienne (thin strips)
1 yellow onion, julienne (thin strips)
¼ head of nappa cabbage, julienne (thin strips)
6 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, julienne (thin strips)
½ cup edamame, shelled
1 tablespoon sambal oelek
4 tablespoons soy sauce
3 green onions, sliced


Instructions: 

1. Slice the pork thin and combine all of the marinade ingredients. Let sit for an hour.
2. Start a large stock pot of 4 qts of water to boil. Add 3 tsps of salt to water.
3. In a large sauté pan on high heat, add the sesame oil and marinated pork.
4. Cook for 5 minutes until browned.
5. Add carrots, and onion. Cook 4 minutes or until the onion is translucent and browned.
6. Now add the cabbage and mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes stirring frequently.
7. Once the water is up to a VIGOROUS ROLLING BOIL, gently loosen noodles and drop into boiling water. Boil noodles for 2 minutes, drain well.
8. Back at the sauté pan, add the edamame, sambal, soy sauce, green onions. Then add the boiled noodles.
9. Cook on high heat stirring to combine all ingredients and to thicken the sauce until they coat the noodles.
10. Transfer to plates or bowls.
11. Serve immediately. And always share with family and friends!

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