Rock and Roll

Quick and easy is the name of the game these days, at least when it comes time to throw together a meal.  My latest fixation is based on one of my favorite dishes, but slightly tweaked to cut down on cooking and prep time.  It’s not rocket science or terribly innovative stuff, but fun, tasty, and takes about 10 minutes total to slap together.  Just think sushi, but ditch the rice and reach for some soba noodles instead.

Pick any sort of soba you’d like (pictured above are matcha-flavored noodles, thus the lovely shade of green) and tie 1 – 2 ounces together at the very end of the bundle with kitchen twine or clean crochet cotton. Toss into boiling water, and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Meanwhile, chop up any veggies (or tofu, tempeh, even beans!) you have on hand into thin match sticks. Here, I went with carrot, cucumber, red beet, avocado, shiitake, and daikon sprouts.

Drain and lightly rinse the cooked noodles in cold water, and let dry for a minute or two. Lay out a sheet of nori on a dry, clean workspace, and carefully drape the noodles over about half of the sheet. Cut of the top of the bundle that’s become fused together, and spread the noodles as evenly as possible. Place your veggies and other fillings in the center of the noodles, and wrap the whole thing up like you would for any sushi roll. Cut into 6 pieces with a very sharp knife, and serve with soy sauce.

Even if you aren’t pressed for time, this variation makes for a nice change of pace from the standard white rice sushi!


56 thoughts on “Rock and Roll

  1. What a wonderful idea Hannah ! I wouldnt have thought about it !I’m used to eat green-tea flavored noodles, but matcha must be much much better. Very nice picture as usual !

  2. I LOVE your blog! I haven’t been on in a while, but I tried your red velvet cupcakes a while back (with some very minor tweaks) and they were great!

    This is FABULOUS! What a great idea =)

  3. These are adorable! I love homemade sushi but have definitely never thought to substitute soba for the rice. What a great idea!

  4. Zaru soba with green tea noodles was my favourite restaurant meal in Japan… trust you to beat the Japanese at their own cuisine! Looks beautiful :D

  5. What a lovely idea! My husband and I eat soba frequently and I’ve been collecting recipes for a vegetarian “sushi” night. We will definitely be trying this one. Thanks!

  6. Oooo, these are so awesome. I kinda wanna try to make them just because they look so funny and colourful. Sushi looks so versatile, eh, I know someone who likes making sushi cakes with chocolate cake and fruit toppings. These soba noodle sushi rolls would be so great at a dinner party ;] “…so, how long have you left these sushi rolls out?”

  7. I’ve made sushi with just about every kind of rice imaginable, but never with soba noodles – what a great idea!

  8. What beautiful sushi! And I had no idea that matcha noodles existed–wonder if I can find some at my Asian grocery…

  9. Hannah, you are always so creative…love the idea of using matcha soba…they look so cute, great color… and I am sure that it tastes as good as it looks :-)

  10. What a great idea! I would never have thought of soba-sushi! How fun! I bet these would even make a good hors d’oeuvre for a party. They are so pretty.

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  12. What a brilliant variation on yummy sushi! I love the way the noodles look all stacked neatly that way–tying the ends is just genius. And while I love sushi with rice, I bet this tastes equally delicious.

  13. I have a TON of soba to use up…this is by far the most creative recipe for it I’ve seen. I’m so excited to try it!

  14. What a wonderful idea Hannah ! I wouldnt have thought about it !I’m used to eat green-tea flavored noodles, but matcha must be much much better. Very nice picture as usual !

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