Happy Friday everyone! This is double good news because it’s almost the weekend and it’s Christmas Eve’s eve. My sister and niece get in town tomorrow from California and I could not be more excited. We have not seen them since our wedding a year and a half ago! Time flies….
I have to admit, this recipe was created and intended to hit the blog about 3 weeks ago and then…December happened. It’s busy season both at work and at home so creating content inevitably sat on the back burner. I was home on a cold and rainy night and felt like some comfort food and something to satisfy my soy sauce fix. Luckily, I had some shrimp in the fridge and soba noodles in the pantry. The recipe is so simple that before I could say sesame seeds- I was enjoying it while cuddled up on the couch with the pup.
- 3 bundles Soba noodles
- 1 pd. Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1/4 cup kale
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 6 tablespoons Mirin (Japanese cooking wine)
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- Fresh basil leaf
- Fill a large pot with water over high until and wait to boil. While you wait for the water to boil, proceed to step 2 to prepare the shrimp.
- In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sprinkle Shrimp with some salt and pepper and add to pan. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, miring, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and half of the sesame seeds. Reserve the dressing.
- Rinse the sauce pan used for the shrimp and bring back to medium heat on the stove. Add a dash of evoo and combine the cabbage and kale. Cook until warm and the kale is wilted. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the shrimp to the pan and keep warm.
- Once the water has boiled, add the soba noodles. Cook for about 5 minutes or according to package instructions. Remove from heat, and drain. Add 1/2 the dressing to the noodles. Toss to combine.
- Add the noodles to a serving bowl and top with cabbage and kale mixture. Finish by adding the shrimp, the remaining dressing and sesame seeds. Optional: add a fresh basil leaf before enjoying the dish.
It’s that simple! What is it about a meal in a deep bowl that’s so comforting? The chopsticks only added to the fun.
What’s your favorite comfort food? I’d love to feature another warm weather favorite in the near future! Leave a comment below to let me know.