Soba and Tofu in Ginge Broth

This yummy recipe is from Whole Living‘s The Earth Friendly diet article.

A little broth goes a long way in this Asian noodle dish. Store black sesame seeds, available in most supermarkets and Asian grocery stores, in the refrigerator. They have a high oil content and could go rancid if stored improperly.

Prep: 35 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1 bunch scallions (6 scallions), whites and greens separated, greens cut into 2-inch lengths and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 ounce ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Canola oil, for grill pan
  • 1 package (14 ounces) extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, plus more for seasoning
  • 6 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 head baby bok choy (4 ounces), trimmed, thinly sliced on bias
  • 4 ounces snow peas, trimmed, halved on the bias
  • 1 red serrano chile, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine scallion whites, ginger, garlic, and 8 cups water; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook until flavorful, about 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over medium-high; lightly oil. Slice tofu in half; season with salt and pepper. Add tofu pieces to hot pan and cook, turning to grill all sides, about 15 minutes total. Remove from pan; once cool enough to handle, cut into small cubes.
  3. Strain aromatics from broth with a slotted spoon; discard solids. Bring broth to a boil; add soy sauce and soba. Cook soba until 1 minute before al dente. Add bok choy, snow peas, and chile. Cook until veggies are tender-crisp. Add more soy sauce, if desired. To serve, place noodles in bowl with broth; top with tofu, scallion greens, and sesame seeds.

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