When it was freezing cold in Modena, I was wishing so fervently for summer. And now that summer is here, with temperatures hovering around 37-38 degrees lately, I wish it was winter all over again. Thats the problem with Modena, we get winters that are quite cold (there was one day where it was minus 16 degrees celcius last year) and summers that are very hot. It can hit 40 degrees at times. Right now I wish we had air-conditioning at home.
I have been itching to cook, but with the hot hot weather, I’ve been feeling sluggish and sleepy. I decided to make this cold sesame seed soba with smoked salmon for dinner tonight. It would be a nice change to our regular hot dinners.
250g soba noodles
100g smoked salmon, cubed
70g sesame seeds
3 tsps rice vinegar ( I didn’t have this and substituted with Chinese vinegar)
6 tsps soy sauce
3 tsps honey
3 tsps sesame oil
A handful of sliced spring onion
1. In a dry pan, toast sesame seeds till it turns a golden brown. Watch it carefully, it burns easily! Remove into a bowl immediately.
2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Do not salt it. When water comes to a boil, add in the noodles. Cook for 5-6 minutes or according to packet instructions. It should be tender, not al dente or soggy.
3. When cooked, drain water and plunge into a big bowl of cold water. Rinse with a few rounds of cold water.
4. In the bowl that you will serve the noodles, add soy sauce, vinegar, honey and sesame oil. Mix well to incorporate.
5. Add in the noodles and toss well.
6. Add smoked salmon, sesame seeds and spring onions. Toss well to incorporate.
7. Refrigerate and serve chilled.
There are different types of soba. They are sometimes brown or green. The one I used is green soba as it contains a herb called artemesia thus rendering the noodles green.
The hubs is on his way back home from the UK now, and I can’t wait for dinner! 😉