I recently had a strong and intense craving for noodles. I had to satisfy it immediately so I decided to try out a new recipe. These are easy, fast, and satisfying and great for any time you need noodles in a hurry. Bonus points for me having all of the ingredients in my kitchen. The spice factor is high so be forewarned, but that is always what I am looking for so I loved it. The egg and cucumber can help cool your mouth if you are sensitive to that sort of thing.The noodles are served at room temperature or cold which was great for a sudden, unexpected burst of unseasonably warm weather we recently experienced.
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(Adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon)
Makes 4 servings
8 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
1/4 cup gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
1-2 tablespoons sugar, depending on your taste
1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
4 hardboiled eggs, halved
1/2 of a hothouse cucumber, cut into sticks
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it liberally. Add the noodles and cook for 4-5 minutes until they are soft. Drain the noodles and run them under cold water until they have cooled to room temperature.
Meanwhile, whisk the gochujang, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil in a large bowl. Add salt if necessary.
Add the noodles to the sauce and toss well to combine. Divide the noodles amongst plates and top with sesame seeds, egg halves, and cucumber pieces.