Soba Noodles in Mushroom Broth with Taro and Kabocha Squash

Soba Noodles in Mushroom Broth with Taro and Kabocha Squash
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Soba Noodles in Mushroom Broth with Taro and Kabocha Squash
Antonis Anchilleos

Soba Noodles in Mushroom Broth with Taro and Kabocha Squash

I couldn't wait to dive into this big bowl of nourishment. Japanese soba noodles swim in a savory mushroom broth dense with taro root, daikon, carrot, and kabocha squash. A Japanese market is where you will find: Naga negi, which looks like an oversize green onion (you can substitute a leek); bunashimeji mushrooms are petite, brown button-topped mushrooms sold in clusters (enoki mushrooms can be used in their place); look for precooked soba noodles, in either the frozen foods section or the refrigerator case; you'll find shichimi togarashi, a Japanese spice blend, in the spice aisle.

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4
Servings
624
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 10 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 Cups boiling water
  • 1 Pound refrigerated or frozen precooked soba noodles (if frozen, do not thaw)
  • 1/2 Cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 Cup mirin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons sake or mirin
  • 12 Ounces small taro roots, trimmed, peeled, rinsed, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 4 Ounces daikon, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and cut on a bias into 1/4-inch-thick ovals
  • 1 naga negi, white and light green part only, trimmed and cut on a bias into 1/4-inch-thick ovals
  • 3 1/2 Ounces bunashimeji mushrooms, trimmed and pulled apart
  • 1 Pound kabocha squash, seeded, unpeeled, and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • Shichimi togarashi, for serving

Directions

Place the shiitake mushrooms in a heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Place a plate on top of the mushrooms to keep them submerged and let soak for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, cook the soba noodles. Have ready a large bowl of ice water. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil over high heat. Add the soba but do not stir until the water has returned to a boil. Use a long wooden spoon or long chopsticks to separate the noodles, and then immediately lift out the noodles with a sieve. Transfer the noodles to the ice water, give them a stir to remove any additional starch, and as soon as they are cool, drain them thoroughly.

Remove the mushrooms from the water, rinse them to remove any grit, blot dry, and cut off and discard the stems. Cut the mushrooms into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Set aside. Strain the soaking liquid through a fine-meshed sieve into a bowl. Add the soy sauce and mirin and set aside.

In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the sugar and stir just until the sugar is dissolved, about 30 seconds. Add the sake and stir to deglaze the pan, scraping up any brown bits on the pan bottom. 

Add the mushroom liquid, taro, daikon, carrot, naga negi, and bunashimeji mushrooms. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add the squash and continue to cook until the squash is fork-tender, 5-7 more minutes.

Divide the noodles evenly among warmed soup bowls. Make sure the soup is piping hot and then ladle it over the noodles in each bowl and serve immediately. Pass the shichimi togarashi at the table.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
33%
Sugar
29g
32%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
39mg
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
80g
62%
Protein
26g
57%
Vitamin A, RAE
374µg
53%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
19µg
21%
Calcium, Ca
268mg
27%
Choline, total
83mg
20%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
133µg
33%
Iron, Fe
18mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
132mg
41%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
17mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
499mg
71%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
34µg
62%
Sodium, Na
2169mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
508g
19%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

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