I invented this dish one night when I needed something fast and easy. I was thinking pasta originally but was out of pasta noodles. I saw we had some soba noodles though and my mind went to Japanese style flavors. I had all the ingredients for an easy Japanese sauce. I also had some Swiss chard and green onions from my garden to make it more nutritious and flavorful. I threw it all together, and it turned out amazing! For what started as a make-it-up-as-I-go-along dish may now become a new rotational dinner staple for me.
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp Chinese wine
- 1 tsp raw or brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp black pepper or red pepper flakes
- 4oz dried soba noodles
- 4oz Swiss chard cut into strips to mimic noodles
- 1-2 diced green onions (enough for about 2 tbsp)
- Mix all the ingredients except noodles, greens, and onions in a bowl and set aside.
- Boil water in a 2 quart or larger pot. Add the soba noodles and cook according to the directions.
- Halfway through cooking, add the Swiss chard strips to soften them.
- Once the soba noodles finish cooking, drain the noodles and chard using a colander.
- Transfer back into the pot or into a serving bowl.
- Add the sauce and half the green onions and toss until evenly coated.
- Serve by garnishing the bowl with the remaining green onions.