Silken Tofu with Soba Noodles

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:19am

This is a quickie lunch or dinner idea, very basic but satisfying and packed with flavor. Remember when I first posted Mark Bittman-via-Jean-George’s ginger fried rice and commented that I’d be riffing on the delicious theme for years to come? Well here’s one riff. I was so taken with the crave-worthy combination of leeks sauteed with rice, topped with an egg, and finished with nothing but sesame oil and soy sauce, that I couldn’t wait to apply the concept to other simple ingredients.

Here I used silken tofu, which has a very scrambled egg quality to it, soft and pillowy with a mild flavor. I love it, even plain. Lightly stir-fried with a leeks and soy sauce, and finished with a drizzle of sesame oil, it’s completely delicious over buckwheat soba noodles. You could finish it with the crispy garlic and ginger that so delightfully tops the ginger fried rice, but I didn’t even spend that much time on this dish. This is a really basic, ready in 10 minutes kind of meal. Eat it in your work clothes, still standing, starving for something warm, pleasantly salty, and comforting. The fact that it’s nutritious is a nice bonus.

On a weekend note: check out the Easy Cream Scones recipe. Nice for Sunday morning, right? Coffee, paper, warm scones? See what you think.

Silken Tofu with Soba Noodles
Serves 2

4 oz. soba noodles (or other pasta)
1/2 lb. silken tofu
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. oil
1 leek, white and green parts only, sliced thin
toasted sesame oil

Optional garnishes:
chopped scallions
toasted sesame seeds

Set a large pot of salted water on to boil. When the water boils, add soba noodles and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and leeks and saute until leeks are softened, about 5 minutes. While the leeks saute, mash tofu in a medium bowl. Add soy sauce and mash/stir to combine. Add the tofu to the softened leeks and gently stir-fry until warmed through. Drain the soba noodles and divide into two bowls. Top with the tofu. Drizzle a little sesame oil over the tofu and sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds, if desired.

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Older Comments

  1. By FreshTartSteph on March 23, 2011 at 7:15AM

    Excellent - I hope you enjoy, and glad you found the site!

  2. By Teri M. on March 22, 2011 at 4:39PM

    Found this recipe when I was looking for a way to use a package of silken tofu to make dinner tonight. Sounds good and easy which is right up my alley!

  3. By SML on April 30, 2010 at 8:14PM

    Thanks Maria! And thanks Elizabeth, I hope you like it - let me know!

  4. By Beauty Bets on April 30, 2010 at 10:05AM

    Thank you, thank you! I've never made silken tofu before, and this recipe is right up my alley.

  5. By Maria Lichty on April 30, 2010 at 9:23AM

    Great healthy dish. I love soba noodles!