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    Griddled salad onion and sesame soba noodles

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 25 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes

    Serves: 4


    200g buckwheat soba noodles
    1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
    3 bunches salad onions (about 27), trimmed
    1 tbsp sunflower or groundnut oil
    2 tbsp light soy sauce
    2 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    2 tsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
    4 tsp sesame seeds, toasted


    1. Cook the soba noodles according to pack instructions. Refresh in a colander under cool water, drain well and toss with ½ tbsp sesame oil to prevent sticking.

    2. Toss the salad onions with the oil; season. Set a griddle pan over a high heat and leave until smoking hot. Add ½ the salad onions in a single layer and cook for about 5 minutes, turning with tongs every minute or so until charred in places. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining salad onions, then cool.

    3. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and remaining ½ tbsp sesame oil to make a dressing. Roughly chop the griddled salad onions into 2-3cm lengths (be careful: they will be slippery). Toss with the noodles and dressing, then scatter over the sesame seeds just before serving.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, May 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose Food app for the full issue


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