Soba Noodles with Tofu, Broccoli & Carrots

Ingredients (serves 3):

  • Soba noodles (about 8 oz)
  • 10 oz. extra firm tofu, cubed or sliced
  • Handful broccoli florets
  • 2 carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 2 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • Small handful mint leaves
  • Small handful basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, for sauteing
  • White & black sesame seeds for garnish, optional
  • A few fresh basil & mint leaves for garnish, optional

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup tamari, soy sauce or Bragg’s aminos
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch knob ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • A dash or two of Sriracha, optional

 

In a medium size shallow dish, combine the ingredients of the marinade.

Next prepare your tofu. Let me start by saying that I don’t drain my tofu when I use extra firm but if you feel that yours is holding a lot of water, you may like to press your tofu between the ends of a double folded dish towel. Either use the palms of your hands or lay on a hard flat surface and set a heavy book on top for a few minutes. Slice or cube your tofu, however you like best. Place tofu in the marinade and let set for at least 20 minutes, flipping every so often. The tofu is meant to be served at room temp straight from the marinade. Feel free to warm the tofu by adding it to the skillet while sauteing the veggies.

In a medium size pot filled 2/3 of the way with water (or salted water if you wish), bring water to a boil, add desired amount of soba noodles, lower heat to medium high and cook noodles, uncovered, for 4 minutes. When done drain, rinse and set aside.

In a medium size pan/skillet, heat sesame oil over medium heat, add the carrots and broccoli (and tofu if you would like it warmed), cook for about 3 minutes. Carefully add in a large spoonful tablespoon of the marinade along with the mint and basil and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. I prefer my vegetables to be al dente and will remove from heat as soon as they brighten in color. Feel free to cook a little longer if you wish.

Serve soba noodles in individual dishes with marinated tofu, sauteed carrots, broccoli and herbs. Top with marinade, scallions, sesame seeds and additional fresh herbs.

This can be served warm or cooled. I ate this after taking the photos, it was on the cool side but still absolutely delicious!

 

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