Spicy Eggplant and Cabbage Stir Fry with Soba Noodles

July 16, 2012

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I love soba noodles in the summer time. It feels like pasta, but lighter. And it’s even better with tender eggplant and crispy cabbage. I made this on a whim and was quite pleased. It’s a quick go-to summer meal that makes a great staple on the menu rotation. Get creative with the veggies and feel free to turn up the heat!

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In preparing this recipe, it’s essential to salt the eggplant beforehand. This can be done about an hour prior to cooking. Salting the eggplant is a way of extracting the bitter juices from inside. The method is simple. Peel and chop the eggplant to the desired size. Throw all the pieces in a colander and coat generously with salt. Allow to drain for 30 min to an hour. Rinse and use your hands to squeeze out the excess liquid.

Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 servings)
8 oz box buckwheat soba noodles
1 eggplant, peeled, quartered and salted
1 head Napa cabbage, chopped
1 shallot, diced
2 hot chilies, minced
2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons sesame oil 
2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
3 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions: Boil the soba noodles in salted water for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

In a wok, add the sesame oil and crank up the heat to high.

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Add the shallots, garlic, ginger, and chilies. Stir fry for about 2 minutes, until fragrant.

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Next, add the eggplant.

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Then, the cabbage. (Be sure to shake off any excess water before adding to the wok.)

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When the cabbage begins to wilt, add the noodles, tamari and sesame seeds.

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Serve in bowls with chopsticks.

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Sprinkle with more sesame seeds for garnish.

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{ 4 comments }

Kaitlin July 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

Soba noodles ROCK! This looks so simple and delicious!! Yum

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks! I’m a huge fan of soba noodles.

Homer July 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Anything with Eggplant is ok by me!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

Me too! :)

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