Food & Wine

Creamy Soba Noodles with Lemon Grass

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Creamy Soba Noodles with Lemon Grass


3 cups 2 percent milk

5 sprigs cilantro

2 stalks lemon grass, cut into 1-inch lengths, then bruised

2-inch chunk fresh ginger, cut into 1/4-inch slices

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 clove garlic, minced

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 medium yellow onion, sliced

1 pound white button mushrooms, quartered

1/4 cup mirin (Japanese cooking wine)

6 ounce soba noodles

1 scallion, thinly sliced, to garnish


In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until warm. Reduce heat to low, add the cilantro, lemon grass and ginger, then gently simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

After 15 minutes, in a large saute pan over medium-high, heat the peanut oil. Add the garlic, thyme, onion and mushrooms, then saute until tender. Add the mirin to deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to scrape up any bits stuck to the pan.

Strain the milk mixture into the pan, discarding the cilantro, lemon grass and ginger. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the soba noodles and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3 minutes.

To serve, garnish with scallion slices. Servings: 4

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 445 calories; 113 calories from fat; 13 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 67 g carbohydrate; 14 g protein; 6 g fiber; 161 mg sodium.

Note: To get the best flavor out of the lemon grass, be sure to bruise it first. The easiest way to do this is to pound it gently with a rolling pin. The recipe calls for 2 percent milk, but coconut milk also would be a great choice; it pairs wonderfully with lemon grass. Soba noodles, which are made from buckwheat, are widely available in grocer's ethnic aisles.