Continuing with my soba series, I made this Momofuku inspired ginger scallion noodles. You can serve the soba with whatever ingredients you like. I decided to have it with some pickled cucumbers, roasted chicken, Korean seasoned seaweed and of course, my favourite sunny side up egg. This was really delicious, I could probably have ate another bowl if I could! Hope you guys will enjoy it too!
100 g/bundle of soba
1 Tbsp grated ginger with juice
2 stalks of scallion, chopped
2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp white vinegar
Pinch of salt
1 large chicken breast
1/3 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large egg, fried sunny side up
First of all, combine olive oil, sesame oil, ginger, white vinegar, pinch of salt and half of the chopped scallion in a small bowl and mix well. Next, prepare the chicken breast by marinating it with a small spoonful of the ginger scallion sauce on both sides and broil it in the oven at 450F until slightly golden brown (make sure to flip it halfway through).
While the chicken is in the oven, make the pickled cucumbers by placing it in a bowl with some salt sprinkled over it. Ensure that the salt is well incorporated with the cucumber and set aside.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for about 5-10 minutes before slicing it. By this time the cucumbers should have softened and there may be a pool of liquid in the bowl. Remove the liquid from the bowl and squeeze the remaining liquid out from the cucumbers. Make sure to rinse the cucumber a few times and squeeze out the excess liquid so that it won’t be too salty.
Now cook your soba noodles for about 4 minutes and drain well. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add in the rest of the ginger scallion sauce. Fry the ginger scallion sauce until it is heated through and is fragrant. In a large bowl, add the soba and add in a spoonful of ginger scallion sauce and mix well. Taste the soba and continue to add another spoonful of ginger scallion sauce as required, until you are satisfied with the taste.
Place the soba into a bowl, and top it with the pickled cucumbers, fresh chopped scallions, few slices of the roasted chicken, a fried sunny egg, and a sheet of seasoned seaweed. Brush some of the ginger scallion sauce over the chicken, and sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top.