1. In a small cooking pot, add all the soba tsuyu ingredients and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 min. Remove from the heat and set aside until it cools down. Then keep the sauce in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until soba is ready.
2. In a large cooking pot, boil a potfull of water. Cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions (they depend on which kind of soba or brand you use). Or until your favorite tenderness.
3. Rinse the soba noodles in the cold water to get rid of starch before you serve.
4. Drain completely and divide soba among the serving plates. Garnish with shredded nori sheet on top.
5. Pour enough "soba tsuyu" from the fridge into a small bowl for dipping the soba and serve with a side of sliced leek and wasabi.
1. Add all the ingredients in the pan of your bread machine. Add yeast in the yeast compartment. Select dough cycle and press start as per manufacturer's instructions.
2. When the dough cycle is complete, remove it from the machine and place it on a floured surface.
3. Punch the dough down and divide it in 6 pieces. Cover it with a dry cloth. Let it rest for about 15min.
4. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough back and forth, shaping it into a flat oval. Arrange on lined baking trays. Slash cut each in the middle, using a bread Scraper. Cover and let rise for 40~60min in a warm place or until the dough has doubled in volume.
5. With a pastry brush, gently brush the surface with egg.
6. Gently place each sausage on the bread.
7. Pour mayonnaise and ketchup and sprinkle aonori or basil (the one you like).
8. Bake in a preheated 180℃ oven for about 12 min. Remove from the oven and let it cool down on a wire rack.
1. Making the kakiage In a large bowl, add leeks and shrimps. Mix. Then add katakuriko/potato starch and flour. Coat vegetables well with flour.
2. For tempura batter, add beaten egg in a medium bowl, then add ice water (2 tbsp) and vinegar (1tsp). Mix them. Pour the batter on the vegetables from #1 and mix lightly.
3. Prepare a large plate lined with paper towels (it will help absorb excess oil).
4. Add oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 5 cm. Heat up to 165~170°C at medium-high heat. Gently place a few battered vegetables in. While the batter fries, use your chopsticks to maintain the veggies shape until it has hardenned (other wise they might spread away from each other). Fry kakiage until they are golden brown. Drain excess oil on the paper towel plate. Set aside.
5. Prepare the udon soup In a big cooking pot add 2L water, add soy sauce, mirin, sugar, salt and dashi powder. Bring it to a boil. That's your soup.
6. Bring another large pot of water to boil for udon cooking. Once the soup and the kakiage are ready, cook udon noodles in the water. For the time to boil udon, follow the package instructions. Heat up the noodle soup at the same time.
7. Serve udon and soup in bowls and top with kakiage!
1. In a bowl, add all the seasoning ingredients and mix well until smooth.
2. In a wok or a large frying pan, add oil and heat at medium high heat. Cook pork first until browned. Add onion, carrot and cook for about 1~2min. Then add cabbage, stir-fry until almost tender.
3. Wash yakisoba noodles with hot water, using a sieve. Gently loosen the noodles with hands.
4. Add the noodles in the wok and cook on medium heat. Keep an eye on the noodles as they may stick to the wok.
5. Last, add the seasoning sauce. Mix all together using tongs.
Sprinkel some of aonori (if you like) and serve hot!
If you use rehydratable noodle :
Boil the noodles according to the directions on the package. When the noodles are done, drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water, using your hands to agitate the noodles. Drain well. Toss the noodles with 1~2 tsp of vegetable oil (or sesame oil) to keep the noodles from sticking together.
Here I used "homemade fresh noodle": so first I steam the noodles for 5 to 6 mins, then I boil them for a few minutes. Then I wash the noodles with cold water to remove slime from the noodles.
1. Mix dry ingredients (buckwheat flour, bread flour, gluten flour) in a bowl. Transfer to the "Philips Pasta Maker" equipped with the spaghetti extrusion disc. Close lid.
2. Turn the machine on and choose the 300g setting. Press Start.
3. Slowly pour water through the opening in the lid.
4. Soba dough will begin to form and soba noodle will come out within a few minutes. Cut the first soba noodles at about 10cm length and put them back in the machine's mixing tank. That's because the first soba is not smooth enough ;-)
5. The noodles will be extruded. Now do not cut the soba until the machine stops (Only if your are making soba with 500 or 600g flour (twice this recipe's amount), then you should cut once at halfway point).
6. Toss the soba noodles with a little bit of flour or katakuriko/potato starch to prevent sticking.
Note : Soba is sort of fragile and easy to cut naturally. That is why I don't cut them while it is extruding. I tried several ways and found that this way works the best :-)