Otsu

Ingredients:

  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled, and grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 6 ounces dried soba noodles
  • 6 ounces extra-firm nigari tofu
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Make the dressing by combining the zest, ginger, honey, cayenne, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the lemon juice, rice vinegar, and shoyu, and pulse to combine. With the machine running, drizzle in the oils.

Cook the soba in plenty of rapidly boiling salted water just until tender, then drain and rinse under cold running water.

While the pasta is cooking, drain the tofu, pat it dry, and cut it into rectangles roughly the size of your thumb (½ inch thick and 1 inch long). Cook the tofu in a dry nonstick (or well-seasoned) skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes, until the pieces are browned on one side. Toss gently once or twice, then continue cooking for another minute or so, until the tofu is firm, golden, and bouncy.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the soba, cilantro, green onions, cucumber, and dressing. Toss until well combined. Add the tofu and toss again gently. Serve on a platter, garnished with the toasted sesame seeds.

Serves 3. From 101 Cookbooks

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