A kind of a mini mart going on in my pantry!

Since we moved to Bangalore, I have become a hoarder. Every time I go grocery shopping and if I see something I have not found or seen on my previous shopping trip, I just buy them. What happens next is that I have a kind of a mini mart going on in my pantry!

Shamelessly, I’ve had this packet of soba noodles in my pantry for some time now and it needed to be cooked. Thanks to a recent cooking program on TV, it got me inspired to do this!

Soba Noodle Salad with Soy Dressing and slices of Grilled Chicken

The Ingredients

2 large chicken breasts (approximately 200 g each)
salt and pepper
Vegetable oil

230 g Soba noodles
200 g frozen green peas

25 g dried Shiitake Mushrooms, soaked and sliced
1 large clove garlic, grated
1/2 tablespoon ginger, grated
1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned
5 tablespoons Green Onions, sliced (reserve 2 tablespoons of this for garnishing)
2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
3 tablespoons Dark Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Light Soy sauce
a splash of Rice Wine vinegar
salt and pepper

First, turn on the oven to grilling option. Line a baking tray with foil and lightly oil the surface. Next, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place it onto the tray and into the oven. Grill the chicken breasts for 25 minutes, 4 inches away from the top heat. Once done, remove and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Whilst having the chicken grilling, boil a pot of water and cook the soba noodles as per the instructions on the packet. 3/4 way into the soba noodle cooking time, add in the frozen green peas. Once done, drain the water out and transfer the noodles and peas onto a tray to cool it down.

Next, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil and saute the shiitake mushrooms. Season it with some salt and pepper. Then, add in the garlic, ginger, carrot, 3 tablespoons of green onions, sesame oil, the remainder of vegetable oil, dark and light soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and more seasoning of salt and pepper to taste. Then, pour this heated dressing, onto the noodles and peas. Using a tong or chopsticks, mix them well until the noodles are nicely coated.

This recipe is good for 4 persons or 2 starving individuals. So, plate them accordingly and top each plate up with slices of grilled chicken and garnish with the reserved green onions!

(Recipe inspired from Roger Mooking’s, Everyday Exotic)

2 thoughts on “A kind of a mini mart going on in my pantry!

  1. I made this today, just slightly modified with leek instead of green onion and edamame instead of peas. And I had chicken fillet at home instead of breast, ended up frying them instead of grilling. Nevermind it still turned out yummy, my only problem was the soba noodles! Mine (from isetan) had only japanese instructions and they didn’t come out perfect,a bit sticky, I had tried cooking them just like pasta, how did you cook yours?Or could the problem be that our gas is too slow at the moment,making the water less likely to boil well… in fact I am chasing gas Malaysia to come and fix the problem! Anyhow thanks for the inspiration and the nice dish 🙂

    1. Dear Stella,

      Sorry it took me ages to reply! I read it but forgot to reply pronto. I had a similar situation with the soba noodles too as the instruction was written in Japanese. So, I looked it up online instead. In general, it is suggested that you cook the noodles for approximately 5 minutes in boiling water and check to see it is not al dente or mushy. Remove immediately.

      I am glad I was able to provide you with this inspiration and hope to continue to inspire you further!

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