Cold Cucumber Noodle Soup

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Cold Cucumber Noodle Soup
Cold Cucumber Noodle Soup
Spice Market

Cold Cucumber Noodle Soup

Try this cool, refreshing, and healthy noodle dish that draws influence from various parts of Asia. Soba, a a type of Japanese noodle made from buckwheat, pairs nicely with a seaweed-based broth. It's a great starter to an elegant dinner or can be served tapas style with an array of smaller dishes.

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2
Servings
450
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the base

  • 1 kombu seaweed, torn into 3-inch pieces
  • 4 1/4 Cups water
  • 2 hothouse seedless cucumbers, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 10 Kaffir lime leaves, chopped roughly
  • 2 Teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1/4 Cup brown rice vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt

For the noodles

  • 4 Cups soba noodles, cooked according to package directions and chilled
  • 2 hothouse seedless cucumbers, julienned
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • 6 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 2 Teaspoons white sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 Teaspoons Korean red pepper powder (gochugaru)

Directions

For the base

In a bowl, soak the kombu in the water until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain the kombu and reserve the water. Squeeze out all of the water from the kombu into the bowl. Purée the cucumber and Kaffir lime leaves in a blender until smooth. Pass through a fine-meshed strainer into the bowl. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, and salt. Whisk until combined. Keep chilled.

For the noodles

Combine the noodles and cucumber in a bowl and toss until combined. Plate the noodles and cucumber in a bowl. Pour 6 ounces of the chilled soup base over noodles. Mix the mint, scallions, chile, sesame seeds, and pepper powder in another bowl and place on top of noodles.

Cucumber Shopping Tip

There are three different types of cucumbers: slicing, pickling, and “burpless.” If you're making sandwiches, you might want to try the “burpless” variety which are naturally seedless and are less likely to cause gas.

Cucumber Cooking Tip

Salting your cucumber slices and allowing them to drain over a colander for about an hour will get rid of any excess water and keep your sandwich from becoming soggy.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
10%
Sugar
13g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
64mg
21%
Protein
18g
36%
Carbs
86g
29%
Vitamin A
166µg
18%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
3.7%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
31.3%
Vitamin C
32mg
53%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
2mg
9%
Vitamin K
196µg
100%
Calcium
285mg
28%
Fiber
10g
42%
Folate (food)
131µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
390µg
97%
Folic acid
153µg
N/A
Iron
10mg
58%
Magnesium
173mg
43%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
8mg
40%
Phosphorus
399mg
57%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
1412mg
40%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
39%
Sodium
2185mg
91%
Thiamin (B1)
1mg
73%
Zinc
4mg
24%