Stir-Fried Soba Noodles

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Stir-Fried Soba Noodles With Shiitakes and Baby Broccoli. This cool-season crop is at its peak from October through April, but you can find it in your supermarket year-round.

Stir-Fried Soba Noodles
Stir-Fried Soba Noodles

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Serves 4
Stir-Fried Soba Noodles With Shiitakes and Baby Broccoli is a simple dish to make and is super tasty. Soba noodles are Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat flour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  2. 1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
  3. 1 tablespoon soy sauce (more to taste)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  7. 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  8. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or 1 to 2 serrano or Thai chiles, minced
  9. 8 ounces soba noodles
  10. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  11. 1/2 pound baby broccoli
  12. 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil or canola oil
  13. 1/2 pound tofu, cut in dominoes or small dice
  14. 6 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed (discard stems or use for stock), caps sliced
  15. 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, dark green parts separated
  16. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Combine stock, soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, sugar and salt to taste in a small bowl. Stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Combine garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes or minced chile in another bowl.
  2. Bring a large saucepan or pot of water to a boil, add salt to taste and baby broccoli. As soon as water comes back to a boil (about 1 minute), use a skimmer to remove broccoli and transfer it to a bowl of cold water. Drain in a colander, then on paper towels. Cut stems away from florets and slice about 1/2 inch thick. Bring water back to a boil and cook soba. Drain and toss with 2 teaspoons sesame oil.
  3. Place all ingredients within reach of your wok. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil and add tofu. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, until it begins to color, and remove to a plate. Add remaining oil and garlic, ginger and chile. Stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds and add mushrooms. Stir-fry for 1 minute and add broccoli and the light parts of the scallions. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes. Add the noodles, tofu and the stock mixture. Reduce heat to medium and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes. Add cilantro and the dark green part of the scallions, stir-fry another 30 seconds to a minute, until well combined, and serve.
Notes
  1. The soba noodles can be cooked up to a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator. They will clump but when you add them to the pan with the broth they will fall apart. The baby broccoli can be blanched a day ahead and refrigerated. The stir-fry is a last-minute dish but the ingredients can be prepped hours ahead and refrigerated, and the leftovers are delicious; they will keep for about 3 days in the refrigerator.
Adapted from NY Times
Adapted from NY Times
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