30 January 2011

Cold Vinegar/Sesame Noodle and Tofu Toss

Looking for a simple, not-heavy dinner, we decided on something involving a green pepper because we had one. Stumbling our way through ideas, soba sounded really good. We didn't exactly find soba, and it wasn't quite udon - the package called it "Japanese style noodles". Definitely not soba because it was not buckwhet based and it was far too small to be udon. It was also flat; my guess is the package had a ethnic confusion or wikipedia is not-all knowing.
We made a few mistakes in the prep. The noodles were very gluteny - after a short boil, we gave them a quick rinse to cool and then tried to toss them with the sliced ingredients. It was more of a ball of noodles sloshing around in a pile of tofu, peas, and green pepper with various seasonings. The proportions of seasoning was also off, but I've fixed that below in the recipe. I recommend eating this with a cold, unfiltered sake.

Vinegar + Sesame Noodle Toss (20 minutes to make, serves 2)

  • 1 small package fresh, ethnically challenged noodles.
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 small block pre-seasoned/cooked tofu (we chose a salt and pepper one)
  • 1 handful snow peas
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (rice or white wine, maybe balsamic if you are feeling adventurous)
  • (Optional) furikake
  • (Optional) Sriracha

Cook the ethnically challenged noodles as described on the packaging - this probably means bringing water to a boil, adding noodles, bringing back to a boil, and cooking for a few minutes after that. Drain noodles and rinse very thoroughly with cold water until they are less sticky and have chilled. Chop pepper, peas, and tofu into thumb-sized pieces. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss. If desired, top with some furikake or add Sriracha during the tossing process for a nice kick.


  1. Where were you shopping that there was neither soba nor udon but were Japanese Noodles?

  2. Faletti's didn't have _fresh_ udon or soba, but they had plenty of dry ones. Fresh is way better for cold dishes because the cook time is so much lower.