Monday, September 16, 2013

Green Vegetable Tofu Soba

I've recently started using Pinterest. I had browsed it in the past before for recipes given the items in my fridge. But since the engagement and starting to think about my wedding, I've used it in a more committed way. I've been looking predominantly at dress styles, but still checking out the pretty food photos, too. I found this simple soba recipe on Pinterest while searching for salads with avocado in them. The recipe I found has you marinate the raw, cut tofu in an asian style dressing, then saute the pieces of tofu in a dry pan without oil. Pretty genius. The tofu gets this crispy caramelization from the sweet tart marinade, and then you toss it atop cooked soba noodles with sliced avocado, leftover marinade/dressing, and toasted sesame seeds. I added some vegetables from our CSA - blanched broccoli and sliced baby white turnips. I macerated the thinly sliced turnips with the broccoli leaves in the marinade after the tofu had cooked, so they became lightly pickled because of the vinegar. All in all, this recipe made an excellent and delicious dinner. And will most certainly make a healthy lunch, which is where I pinned it on my Pinterest.

Green Vegetable Tofu Soba

Juice of 1 lime
1/2 t cayenne pepper
2 T rice vinegar
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c soy
3 T sesame oil
2 T vegetable oil
1 t fish sauce
2 T ginger syrup (or 2 T fresh minced ginger and 1/2 T sugar)
pinch salt

1 block tofu, cut lengthwise into thirds, and then each third into 2 or 4 triangles.
1/4 c sesame seeds
3 c broccoli florets, chopped
8 oz soba noodles
1 c very thinly sliced baby white turnips
1 ripe avocado, sliced or chopped into cubes

Whisk dressing/marinade in a bowl. Place the cut tofu in the marinade. Bring a large pot of water to boil. When it boils, blanch the broccoli for 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or chinois. Set aside and then cook the soba as directed in the same water. Toast the sesame seeds in a large saute pan completely dry. Toast about 5 minutes, not forgetting to shake the pan every so often. Set aside. Reheat the pan over medium-high heat and sear the tofu, flipping once, so each side browns nicely. If not all the tofu fits in the pan at once, do this in batches. Once the marinade bowl has no tofu, only dressing in it, add the broccoli leaves (if any) and white turnips. Let sit until lightly pickled - about 10 min. When all the tofu is ready, you're good to go.
Place some soba in a bowl. Spoon 2 T dressing on noodles, and then add broccoli, pickled turnips/leaves, sauteed tofu, and avocado. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.