Unlike pasta, dried soba noodles do not require salt to be added into the water when boiling it. Depending on the thickness of the soba noodles, it generally takes about 6-8 minutes of vigorous boiling (check packet instructions) to achieve that in-between al-dente and soft texture. When you take the noodles out from the pot, plunge them into cold water immediately and give them a good wash (like hand-washing clothes) to remove the excess starch and salty flavour. Once done, you can serve them cold with a dipping sauce, make into a soba salad or stir fry as a hot noodle dish like this Crispy Salmon with Stir Fried Soba Noodles Recipe. I choose hard vegetables for their crunch and you can of course substitute them with your preferred ones like broccoli, cauliflower, french beans, edamame, etc. For a healthier alternative, try this Oven-Baked Salmon with Soba Noodles Recipe. Bon appetit!
Stir Fried Soba Noodles with Crispy Salmon Fillet Recipe
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 slices salmon fillet
200g cooked soba noodles
1 carrot, julienned
asparagus, cut into 1″ sections
snow peas, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tbsp of light soy sauce
2 tbsp water
1. Heat a little oil in pan and pan-fry the salmon (skin down first) till it becomes golden brown and crispy. Flip and do the same for the other side. Transfer onto paper towels to remove any excess grease.
2. Heat a little oil in a separate pan and saute the garlic till fragrant. Add the vegetables and briefly stir fry. Add sauce.
3. Add the soba noodles and stir fry till everything is well combined.
4. Serve the soba with the crispy salmon on top.