Soba noodles, tossed with thin strips of mango and cucumber, dressed in spicy chili soy vinaigrette! It makes for a great summer meal because it takes only a few minutes to prepare while giving you all the time to enjoy the season. And the best part is that it tastes delicious, warm or cold.
In our house, we love mangoes so much that ever since it arrived in the market, it’s become our almost everyday dessert. And by dessert, I mean that we just cut into bite sizes and eat it plain. Our little boy loves it in his morning oats too. It is my favorite fruit and I can never get enough of it. While I like to eat it just as it is, we occasionally make luscious treats out of it. The treats are mostly sweet and then some of them are savory too, like this soba noodle salad.
The nutty flavor of soba noodles, paired with crunchy cucumber and sweet mango blends quite beautifully with the salty spicy tangy dressing. Every spoonful gives you a fusion of texture and a balance of smack.
Just make sure you get a wide mouth heavy bottom flat pan so that it gives you enough space to toss everything up without making it squishy. I used KitchenAid Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Skillet, which is currently one of my favorite pans.
Time taken: 30 minutes Serves: 2 people
– 250-gram soba noodles
– 1 cucumber, peeled into thin strips
– 1 ripe mango, peeled and pump cut into thin strips
– juice of 1 lemon
– 1 teaspoon soya sauce
– 1 small red onion, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon chili flakes
– 1 garlic clove, grated
– 1/3 cup olive oil
– 1 teaspoon sesame seeds plus more for garnish
– fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped for garnish
– In a deep saucepan, heat enough water to boil the soba noodles.
– Once the water is boiling, drop the soba noodles, give it a stir and allow it cook for 3 minutes.
– In the mean time, place the KitchenAid Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Skillet on the stove, add oil along with garlic and bring it to medium-high heat. Then, scatter the red onion, chili flakes, soya sauce and lemon juice. Sprinkle salt, pepper and give it a stir. Allow it to cook for about 2 minutes.
– Strain the boiled soba noodles, drop it to the pan and give a stir along with mangoes and cucumber. Now give it stir.
– Sprinkle some sesame seeds and chopped fresh cilantro leaves on top.
– Serve warm or cold.