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Soba Noodle Bowl With Kimchi And Satay Sauce

Course Appetizer
Servings 3


  • 160 gr soba noodles
  • 6 to 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 200g pan fried tofu, cubed
  • plenty of green leaves (I used baby rocket)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • kimchi (recipe follows – as much or less as you want)

For The Satay Sauce:

  • 60 gr / 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 80 ml / 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • juice of one medium-large lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 15 gr fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 small coriander bunch / about 12 gr finely chopped

For The Kimchi :

  • 1 kg / one very large chinese or napa cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 6 large garlic cloves
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 3 red chilis, finely chopped
  • 1 large leek, finely sliced
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 tablespoons sea salt


  • To make the satay sauce: in a pan over low-medium heat, toast the peanuts until they’re golden brown (3-4 minutes). In a mortar and pestle, mash the peanuts and the salt together. I like my satay fairly chunky, so I don’t mash the peanuts until they come to a paste – I leave some of them broken down for a bit of texture.
  • Transfer the peanut and salt mixture to a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients and whisk everything together until you get a creamy sauce. Have a taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt if needed be.
  • In the meantime, bring a large pan with plenty of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the noodles and cook them for 6-7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • To make the kimchi: In a large non-reactive bowl, mix the water and the salt. Whisk for a minute or two or until the salt is dissolved. Add the cabbage to the bowl and make sure it’s covered by the salted water. Let it sit in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day, drain the cabbage. Wash it under cold water, rinse and drain again, squeezing out as much water from the cabbage as you can.
  • Mash the garlic cloves, ginger and chilli into a mortar and pestle. Rub this paste into the cabbage and pack it all together into a clean 1liter jar. Make sure the cabbage is submerged in the brine (the brine should be1 cm above the cabbage). Cover the kimchi with another jar, slightly smaller than the one you’re using, filled with water or beans to press the cabbage down. Check your kimchi every day and, with your clean fingers, press it down a little bit each time. After a week, it’s ready to be eaten and you can store it in the fridge, where it will continue to ferment but at a much slower pace.
  • To assemble: add to each bowl a fairly good amount of soba noodles, and top them with plenty of sauce (1-2 tablespoons per person or as much as you want). Add the raw vegetables (radishes, mushrooms and greens), the pan fried tofu and, finally, the kimchi (I add about 2 tablespoons per bowl).
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