Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Soba/Buckwheat Noodle Salad

This is a simple healthy meal perfect for summer, as the dish is often eaten cold. I bought some soba or Japanese buckwheat noodles to try, as I’ve heard of its excellent nutritional value. Have you followed any food fad recently?

Here’s what I learned while researching buckwheat. Buckwheat isn’t actually a grain; it comes from a hardy, weed-like plant related to rhubarb. Its seeds are used for centuries as staple food. Buckwheat is therefore gluten free and can be eaten by people with coeliac disease. It is high in protein, fiber, magnesium, copper, manganese, antioxidant flavonoids (especially rutin) and lignans. Diets that contain high intake of buckwheat have been linked to lower risk of developing high cholesterol, gallstones, and diabetes.

Ingredients (serves 4)
4 bundles of soba noodles
1 capsicum, julienned
1 carrot, julienned
Snow peas
4 dried shitake mushrooms
1 piece of chicken breast
2 cm piece of fresh ginger
2 stalks of spring onions
4 tbsp soba sauce (or use gluten free soy sauce)
1 tsp sesame oil

1.          Poach chicken breast in a pot of simmering water.
2.          Add to it sliced ginger and the dried shitake mushrooms.
3.          When the chicken is cooked (about 15 mins), set it aside to rest.
4.          Blanch the snow peas and capsicum for about 2-3 minutes, drain.
5.          Cook the noodles in boiling water for about 10 minutes, drain.
6.          Add the soba sauce and sesame oil to the noodles, toss well to coat.
7.          Slice the chicken and mushrooms.
8.          Toss all ingredients with the noodles.
9.          Top with a sprinkle of chopped spring onions.

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