Last night was my first time trying soba noodles, and I really liked them! The directions on the package were in Japanese, so I had to google how long to cook them! This recipe is very basic, and then you can add whatever you have in the fridge to it. I added some shelled edamame and some matchstick carrots. I made Liam’s without the egg on top, but the egg really is essential to the dish. And make sure the yolk is runny! Toby thought this was a little bland, and it could have used an extra little something, but I can fine-tune that next time. I will always have soba noodles in my pantry from now on! PS: I don’t remember where I found this recipe (somewhere online), but whoever you are, thank you, and I owe you one!
Sesame Garlic Soba Noodles with Fried Egg
Serves 4 | Total time: 15 minutes
1 8-ounce box of soba noodles
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons tamari (or regular soy sauce)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium shallot, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Drain the noodles and return them to the pot.
Heat the sesame oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, shallot, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the garlic and shallot are just golden and fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the tamari. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss until the noodles are evenly coated.
Set the same sauté pan back on the stove and increase the heat to medium high. Crack the eggs into the pan, making sure not to break the yolks. Season them with salt and pepper, if desired. Fry the eggs for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the whites are completely cooked but the yolks are still a little runny. (I like the edges a little crispy, but that’s a personal preference.)
Serve the noodles with an egg on top—the yolk will coat the noodles and add extra richness to the sauce. Add any veggies you have on hand, such as carrots, cucumbers, or edamame, to the bowl.
TIP: These noodles would also be great served cold. It could be a perfect go-to meal to prepare in advance for the kids when you’re planning a night out. All the babysitter has to do is fry an egg, and dinner is on the table in a flash.