Teriyaki-style noodles with tofu

This rich, fresh-tasting Japanese-style broth, flavoured with vibrant herbs, ginger and garlic, peps up firm cubes of tofu and long strands of earthy buckwheat noodles. It is a delicious low-fat vegetarian recipe for protein-rich tofu.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 150 g (5 ½ oz) soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
  • 225 g (8 oz) mixed vegetables, such as asparagus tips, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green beans or mange-tout
  • 100 ml (3 ½ fl oz) light soy sauce
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp rice wine (sake or mirin) or dry sherry
  • 280 g (10 oz) firm tofu, diced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 1 heaped tbsp. chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp grated fresh root ginger
  • 2 tsp toasted seasame oil (optional)

Prepation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

 

Method

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the soba noodles for about 6 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until al dente.

2. Meanwhile, cut all the mixed vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Add them to the simmering pasta for the final 3-4 minutes of cooking.

3. Drain the pasta and vegetables in a large colander. Place all the remaining ingredients in the empty saucepan and return it to the heat. Heat until simmering, then reduce the heat to the minimum setting. Return the pasta and vegetables to the pan, and cook very briefly until they are reheated.

4. Serve in deep soup bowls, with a spoon to drink the tasty broth and a fork or chopsticks for picking up the solid ingredients.

 

Some more ideas

  • Replace the tofu with 225 g (8 oz) peeled cooked prawns or diced, skinned, cooked chicken or turkey.
  • Fresh basil can be used in place of, or in addition to, the mint and coriander, and pumpkin seed oil or walnut oil can be added instead of seseame oil.
  • Wheat-flour or rice noodles such as rice sticks can be used in place of soba noodles, but adjust the cooking time according to the instructions on the packet.