Buckwheat Noodles with Egg

If you have ever played the farming game "Harvest Moon" on the Wii, the title of this recipe might ring a bell for you.

Soba is native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour. Of course, we didn't know that when we saw this authentic-looking noodle in our local Asian store. But, you learn something new everyday!

What you need:

  • 1.5 oz dry Soba noodles
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 3 stalks of green onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • eggs, fried

What to do:

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add salt and the noodles. Cook until soft, around 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat small pan and add sesame oil. When it starts to get hot, add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Saute for a few seconds, then add the soy sauce. Remove from heat, pour over noodles, add the green onions and stir to coat. Top with the fried egg. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks and Tweaks:

1. If you can take the heat, up the measurement of the red pepper flakes to 1/4 teaspoon instead of just a dash.
2. Do NOT undercook the egg. We don't want Salmonella, right? However, do not cook it till it dries up, either. The runny yolk will help cut the heat of the dish.
3. If using powdered ginger, use only half a teaspoon.
4. Wash the green onions (aka scallions) thoroughly. Did you know that they are one of the dirtiest foods?


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