Summer is here! After a few days of chilly early Spring air, the temperature has risen back into the 70s and it looks like it’s just going to go up from here! There are so many reasons why I love summer. Of course, number 1 is the watermelon. I’ve always been a huge fan, and that hasn’t at all changed since entering into adulthood. I also love cold noodles. Specifically cold soba noodles.
It wasn’t until last week that I noticed the price of soba made only with buckwheat. Most soba is made using a mix of buckwheat and wheat flour. The color is lighter, and the flavor is more mild. However, I prefer pure buckwheat soba for it’s earthier flavor and higher nutritional content.
So when I noticed that a small bag of soba cost $8 at the grocery store (I usually buy in bulk from another store and pay about $4 for the same amount), I found myself facing a dilemma. Pay this crazy amount for a bag of noodles, or try something new… On the shelf next to the noodles was a bag of black bean spaghetti. On the ingredient list it read: black beans, water. So I dropped the black bean spaghetti into my basket and prayed to God on my way home that it would be a suitable alternative to soba noodles in this dish.
Fast forward to the actually making of these Miso Lime Soba Noodles sans the soba. I’ve got to say, black bean spaghetti is not nearly as good in this dish. The spaghetti is firm and chewy. It seems as though it is made using the protein part of the black beans, sort of how seitan is made using the gluten from wheat. Soba noodles have a more pleasant texture that compliments any dish, while these noodles distracted. At $3.50 a bag, the price is decent; but I think I’d rather splurge on soba, or at least buy the more popular kind made with wheat.
This Miso Lime Soba is perfect for a warm summer day. Not only is it beautiful and healthy, it’s a burst of flavor. The cucumber balances the dish with its coolness, while the lime adds the perfect amount of “zest”. Perfect to make for a picnic or gathering. This dish is easy, yet impressive!