Green tea errrythang! I love green tea goodies. Lattes, cakes, creme brûlée, ice cream, mochi, cookies - you name it green tea and you've got my attention. I also drink hot green tea in the afternoons most days at work. Word on the streets is it's packed with antioxidants and some of its health potential includes fighting cancer and heart disease. Uh, SOLD.
If you're an adventurous foodie, you'll love this dish. I found these green tea soba noodles at my local Japanese grocery store the other day and snatched it right up along with the dipping sauce (soba tsuyu). I wanted to keep it simple but just had to jazz it up when I also spotted some uni (sea urchin). And I pretty much throw on a soft boiled egg wherever I can (sometimes I just eat a random egg with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper). If you're not the adventurous type, leave off the uni and/or egg. The noodles are delicious enough to eat on their own with the dipping sauce.
- Green tea noodles (here is the brand I bought, but for $5.95 at my local Japanese grocer)
- Soba dipping sauce (soba tsuyu) - here is an example of one brand
- 1 egg
- Sea Urchin (uni) - make sure to only buy fresh uni if you can find it at Asian grocery stores
- Sesame seeds for garnish
1. Bring a pot of water to boiling, then add the noodles and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft. Drain the noodles
2. For the soft boiled egg, bring water to a boil then add one cold egg and cook for 7 minutes. Take out immediately and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Peel and halve the egg
3. Plate the noodles, sprinkle with sesame seeds (lightly toasting them if you'd like), then add the uni and soft boiled egg on top
4. To enjoy, simply dip the noodles in the sauce (or sometimes if I'm lazy I'll just pour some of the sauce over the noodles).
I'm turning Japanese I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so!