Summer Soba Noodles Bar 夏そばの麺バー

  • 280ml (1.125 cup or 9 oz) fresh or 250ml (1 cup or 8 oz) dried Soba noodles. {A mixture of various coloured noodles adds to the visual attractiveness of the dish}

Ingredients for Sauce:
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 250ml (1 cup) creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 Tbsps of a light soy sauce
  • 2 to 3 Tbsps of a chilli garlic sauce. {There are many of these on supermarket shelves and your asian grocer will almost certainly help you select one from their own stocks}
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) chopped fresh basil. You could use any variety that you choose
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp lime juice

Ingredients for Topping:
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) bean sprouts
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) shredded cucumber
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) shredded carrot
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) shredded honey ham
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) thinly sliced flavoured baked tofu, or extra-firm tofu
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) shredded smoked salmon

  1. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain. Set aside.
  2. Place water, peanut butter, soy sauce and chilli garlic sauce in small saucepan; heat on low, stirring until smooth. 
  3. Stir in basil, oil and lime juice. 
  4. Taste sauce and adjust for spiciness level. 
  5. Pour into serving bowl to cool.
  6. Arrange noodles, bowl of sauce and toppings on large serving plate.  
  7. Serve cold.

Diner's instruction: 
  • Each person mixes sauce with their noodles and chooses toppings  to their liking.