I enjoy variety. I like bowls with a little bit of everything. That’s what this bowl has! Soba noodles, red cabbage, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, cucumbers, crispy tofu and some bomb creamy peanut sauce to top it off!
I wasn’t always a cold noodle fan. I use to think it was extremely weird because.. I thought all noodles should be stir fry or in soup. Anyways, after trying cold soba noodles several times and mixing it with my nutritional yeast sauce and peanut sauce – I became a fan!
Soba noodles is also called buckwheat. Soba is just the Japanese name for buckwheat. They’re thin noodles made with a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours depending on brand. Soba noodles can be served cold or warm!
I used extra firm tofu because it cooks best without breaking apart. I’ve use firm tofu and it doesn’t work as well – you’ll just have to be a lot more careful. I like the texture of EXTRA firm better because you get more in a bite (idk, maybe it’s just me?). I marinated it in tamari, which is a gluten free soy sauce. I’ve also used regular soy sauce and a coconut aminos sauce (soy free). Coconut aminos has a natural sweetness which I actually used for the peanut sauce in this recipe!
- 4 oz soba noodles
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 oz firm tofu
- 1 tbsp tamari
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- 1/2 cup red cabbage
- 1/4 cup diced cucumber
- 2 tbsp cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp cup rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp cup coconut aminos
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- sesame seeds (for garnish)
- oil (for cooking)
- First, make the peanut sauce by mixing together the peanut butter, rice vinegar, coconut aminos and maple syrup. Leave in fridge.
- Prepare the soba by bringing a pot of water and 1/4 tsp salt to a boil.
- Add soba in boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Drain with cold water, toss with olive oil (prevents sticking) and leave to side.
- Preheat a medium pan with 2 tsp olive oil. Add in slices of tofu and tamari. Saute until crispy golden brown on each side, about 1-2 minutes.
- Bowl it up with soba noodles, fresh raw veggies, crispy tamari tofu and creamy peanut sauce.
- Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top if desired!