Friday, July 25, 2008

Cha Soba or Cold Soba

Vegetarian Cha Soba has been on my To-Do List for more than a year, finally I cooked it few days back. Procrastination has been holding me back, it isn’t difficult at all, I just don’t know why.

For a vegetarian or vegan version, we need to cook the cold sauce or dipping sauce rather than get the ready-made sauce. I didn’t have Japanese Soy Sauce and mirni, I just make do with light soy sauce and cooking rice wine (omit the cooking rice wine, if desired). It was still yummy. For the left over ingredients, just use to a side dish – Seaweed Salad.

This dish is good for buffet or party food as you can prepare in advance. I remember seeing this dish at Equinox Hi-Tea Buffet, cold soba in a tea cup garnished with nori and spring onion, and the cold sauce in kept in a teapot – very presentable.

Preparation: 10 mins, Cooking time: 15 mins

° 100g cha soba, blanched and chilled in ice water
° finely shredded toasted nori, for garnish
° finely chopped spring onion (optional), for garnish

Cold Sauce

° 8 dried kelps in knot
° 2 dried Chinese mushroom or shiitake mushrooms
° 2 thin slices ginger
° 375ml water
° ¾ -1 tablespoon sugar
° 30ml shoyu (Japanese soy sauce) or light soy sauce, or to taste
° 30ml mirin or 10ml cooking rice wine

1. To prepared the cold sauce: place the dried kelps, mushroom, ginger and water in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add in sugar, shoyu, and mirin and simmer for 1 minute. The remaining stock is about 250ml. Discard the ingredients and set aside or chilled.
2. Divide the cha soba among 2 individual serving plates. Garnish with shredded nori and spring onion.
3. Serve with cold sauce.


Anonymous said...

Your version of Cold Soba sounds so delicious! We have a few hot days in Holland, so I can't wait for a nice sunny day to have this!

dreamy said...

crystal, would u like to do cookery classes for vss?

a veg*n @ Blog*Spot said...

Thanks Mica :)

Oh, dreamy, I don't have any experience or training to conduct cookery classes (btw, i have never attend any cooking classes yet).

So far, i have only taught 10-11 yrs boys how to make sandwiches, cook instant noodles, make a cup of milo.

If you ask me to teach how to made towel bunny or doggies, that is ok :)

If you want helper to clean up or prepare for food demonstration, that is ok too.

Cheers :)

Anonymous said...

yummy!!! your photography skills are so good that the soba looks so delicious without even needing to try it.. hee.. I always have difficulty taking photos of two bowls together..

a veg*n @ Blog*Spot said...

Veggie Buns,

Oh, i used a tea cup and a sauce plate, if not, I can't fit them in :p

Cheers :)

Anonymous said...

OOoh~ I Loooovvveee Cha Soba~ Rather than eating them only in Japanese restaurant, now I want to try your recipe!! :) Thanks so much for this!

a veg*n @ Blog*Spot said...

Thank you, you are welcome :)
Hope you will like it :)

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