Beef & Soba Noodle Stir-fry
  • 1 pkg Buckwheat Soba noodles - get these from an Asian grocery, so they're the real deal; darker in color and soft like homemade noodles, dusted in what seems to be cornstarch.
  • 1/4c Vegetable oil
  • 2tblsp Sesame oil
  • 1/3 - 1/2 lb Beef, sliced diagonally into bite-size pcs
  • 3 heads Baby Bok Choy, sliced
  • 6-8 oz Mushrooms, sliced thick
  • 2 ribs Celery, sliced diagonally
  • 6-8 oz Snow Pea pods, whole, raw
  • 1 med Onion, sliced
  • 1 sm can Water Chestnuts
  • 1/8c or so Soy Sauce
  • 1-2tsp Japanese Pepper Blend, or other savory, black & red pepper blend
  1. In a large saucepan or pot, bring 6c salted water to boil. I do this while I am chopping meat & veggies.
  2. Meanwhile, once all meat & veggies are prepped and ready, heat both oils in a large wok over med-high flame.
  3. Add noodles to water to cook.
  4. Once oil is hot, add meat & veggies in the order shown, sprinkle generously with Spice blend, and stir-fry 5-7min total.
  5. Noodles will take only 5min or so to cook- once they are dark and tender, add to stirfry mixture directly from water using a slotted spoon or pasta spoon.
  6. Add soy sauce to taste, and stir contents of the wok to blend flavors. As you are stirring, the starch from the noodles will create a thickening sauce. Toss about in the wok for 1-2min, then serve!
OK, so I have some Japanese spices that came over on a plane recently with my last Ex, direct from Nagano, Japan. I don't know what these spices are, but so far, so good. They are mostly spicy pepper blends- so if you (like me) have no idea about the Japanese spices, then I'd say go w/any savory, hot-peppery spice blend to make this. What's probably more important are the Buckwheat Soba noodles... those are pretty special... Not only was this super-easy, it has to be super-good for you and it was SO tasty! I wish I could tell all you folks out there on the Internets what these spices are, but I can't read Japanese. I understand, though, that if you find someone who knows something about Japanese food, they will likely know about these peppers and spices from Nagano, as they are of quite a bit of renown in those circles. Domo Arigato!