Coconut Soba Noodles with Ginger Kale
30 minutes or fewer
Creamy coconut milk is stirred into a spicy paste for a noodle sauce with a velvety texture. The dish makes a great base for leftover veggies in place of or in addition to the kale.
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 jalapeño chile, chopped
- 1 Tbs. grated fresh ginger plus¼ cup thinly sliced fresh ginger, divided
- 1 tsp. ground turmeric
- 1 tsp. vegetable or peanut oil
- 1 15-oz. can light coconut milk
- 2 Tbs. lime juice
- 1 6-oz. pkg. soba noodles
- 1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp. vegetable or peanut oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- 8 oz. curly kale, roughly chopped (4 cups)
- ¼ cup chopped roasted peanuts, optional
1. Purée cilantro, garlic, chile, grated ginger, turmeric, and oil in food processor until green paste forms.
2. Heat saucepan over medium heat. Add paste, and sauté 30 seconds. Whisk in coconut milk and 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes without boiling. Stir in lime juice, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Cook noodles according to package directions. Whisk together soy sauce and 2 Tbs. water in small bowl.
4. Heat oil in wok over high heat. Add sliced ginger and garlic, and stir-fry 15 seconds. Add kale, and cook 1 minute. Pour in soy sauce mixture, cover, and steam 30 seconds. Uncover, and stir-fry 1 minute, or until kale is wilted.
5. Serve noodles topped with kale, coconut sauce, and peanuts, if using.
September 2013 p.34