Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bento of my SuperEasy Noodle Sauce

I have been reading a lot of noodle recipes and cookbooks lately, and it seems there is a very easy, common, basic noodle sauce that everyone can make in about 30 seconds which tastes glorious. It is the common denominator at the bottom of many fancier more elaborate noodle sauces.

Here's how it goes:


Cook up your soba according to package directions, as much as you like. (Or use some other noodle of preference.) Soba often come bundled in individual servings wrapped in a paper band.

When soba is cooked, pour it into a colander to drain. Do not rinse the saucepan you cooked it in!

Instead, while it's warm and your stove burner is still hot, put the pot back on the burner and pour in (assuming one serving of noodles):

1/8 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1/8 cup mirin
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

Let this warm and stir it a bit to blend. Then return the noodles to the same pan still with no extra heat under it, and toss the noodles in the blended sauce ingredients. Voila! It tastes divine. And how easy does it get??!

You can then add: chopped green onion, fresh snow peas, cooked shrimp, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, cooked chicken, cooked omelet sliced, radishes, spinach, anything!!!

In today's bento I had the basic soba with sauce plus I threw in some frozen peas for the last few cooking seconds, added some green onion and sliced 1-egg omelet, and loved it!

Plus there was spinach salad with blood-orange infused olive oil and pomegranate seeds. Yummy lunch with a 6.5 on the NHAB "Not Hungry Again Bento" Scale.


  1. Im gonna try this - one question: Do you rinse your soba?

  2. Yes, the brand I buy says to rinse after cooking. It keeps them from sticking to each other.

  3. Definietly trying this recipe! I need to be more proactive about preparing things for lunch - this might be just the thing! When you say you sliced 1-egg omelet, do you just mean cooked, scrambled eggs? Do you put anything in it? inquiring minds want to know...

  4. Kathy, I didn't put anything in the omelet so it was really just a flat continuous piece of scrambled egg. I have a little skillet that takes 1 egg and makes a nice fried circle out of it.

  5. Thanks - I'm doing that too! Easy protein.