Wonderful pungent flavors make this dish perfect for a dinner party. The sauce is made from soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, a tad of sugar and a sprinkling of green onion. It smells wonderful when it 's folded into hot soba noodles.
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings):
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 8 ounces dried soba noodles
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 5 green onions, chopped
- 3 cups broccoli florets
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Pour the sesame seeds onto a rimmed baking sheet. Toast the seeds in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until they are a rich brown around the edges.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook them for 5 to 6 minutes, or until they are just tender. Drain them, rinse them well with cold water, and drain them again.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and green onions. Add the noodles, and the toasted sesame seeds. Toss well, then stir in the broccoli. Let the dish sit for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.