If you guys haven’t read Thug Kitchen‘s cookbook yet, you must! It’s hilarious! My friend got it for my birthday present and I had a great time flipping through the different recipes they had to offer with a gangsta twist.
One of the recipes that intrigued me was their Grilled Eggplant with Soba Noodle recipe. Now… I love my meat too much to not include it in any of my dishes and not being a fan of eggplants, I decided to modify the recipe slightly so it’s meat-atarian friendly 🙂
I had this for dinner and it was great! What I liked about using Soba (Buckwheat) noodle instead of spaghetti is that it’s gluten, fat, and cholesterol free (i.e. super healthy!) Not like I’m allergic to gluten but still, trying to be more health conscious.
Want to know how it’s done? It’s super easy to make, read on!
Yield: Serves 3
Prep time: 1 hr
Cook time: 15 mins
- 200g buckwheat (soba) noodles
- 8 oz thinly sliced beef
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cup spinach leaves, washed
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- toasted sesame seed (optional) for garnish
- Marinate your thinly sliced beef in sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, and freshly ground black pepper for about an hour.
- Cook your soba noodles according to the package’s instruction. When ready, rinse with cold water to stop noodles from overcooking.
- Place the soba noodles in a mixing bowl and add the rice vinegar and sesame oil. Toss to coat to prevent from sticking and set aside.
- On a pan set over medium high heat, coat generously with vegetable oil and sear the marinated beef both sides until cooked through. Remove from heat and add to the soba noodles.
- Turning the heat down to medium low, throw in your washed spinach leaves and cover with a lid until they start to wilt. If there’s any leftover marinade from the beef, pour it over the spinach leaves for added flavour. Mix it in with your noodles when done.
- Toss everything to combine! If you want to garnish, sprinkle the noodles with some toasted sesame seed (just put the sesame seed in a medium hot skillet for a few seconds until they brown a bit and become aromatic).
- Done! Super easy!