Summer-in-Winter Soba Soup

Chilled Soba Noodle Soup
Fragrant Soy Milk Broth with Ground Sesame, Lemongrass, Ginger, Curry Leaf
Buckwheat Soba Noodle & Chick Pea
Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, Scallion, Cilantro, Red Jalapeño, Sesame Seed

Lemongrass, Ginger, Curry Leaf

Buckwheat Soba Noodle

As we Angelenos bask in a mid-winter heat wave with temperatures reaching the 80’s…we’re dining on a cool fragrant heart healthy soup here. Soy milk is infused with lemongrass, ginger, and curry leaf. Ground sesame seeds add a nutty component. The garnishes are bright and refreshing. My friends in the mid-west and north-east may want to remember this recipe for the hot months to come, and those in the Southern Hemisphere and Southern California (for the time being), can enjoy this chilled soup now!

Soup Recipe

Add bruised lemongrass stalks, pieces of peeled ginger, and a handful of fresh curry leaves to 1 qt. of unsweetened organic soy milk. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep another 45 minutes, then strain the liquid and discard the solids.

Add about 3 T. ground toasted sesame seed to the liquid. Let come to room temperature, add one can of rinsed and drained chick peas and salt to taste. Chill in refrigerator at least one hour. Meanwhile, cook buckwheat soba noodles according to package instructions. Chill noodles too.

Place soba in a bowl. Ladle cool broth and chick peas over and around the noodles.

Garnish with wedges of  heirloom tomato, sliced scallion, cucumber, red jalapeño, and cilantro. Finish with a sprinkling of black and white sesame seeds.

my legume love affair – 31st helping

It has been well over a year since I had the pleasure of hosting My Legume Love Affair 11th Helping, a wildly successful monthly event showcasing legume-centric dishes from around the world created by Susan, The Well-Seasoned Cook, now going into its 31st month. Summer-in-Winter Soba Soup with its flavorful chick peas would be a terrific soup to serve at this month’s party, so I’m sending this dish along to January’s gracious hostess, Simona of Briciole blog. Bean aficionados can participate in this month’s event through January 31.

san pedro daily photo  – official hiatus


sunrise over the port of los angeles
january 16, 2011 @ 6:36 am

This warm Santa Ana Condition does give us some spectacular sunrises and today is no exception. Thank you for your support of my other blog, san pedro daily photo, now officially on break from the daily posting of “micro and macro images from this charming corner of los angeles.” On occasion, such as a glorious sunrise, the arrival of Flat Stanley, or the blooming of a breathtaking rose in my garden, I plan to continue to share photographs of our darling little town here. In the meantime, we’ll continue to entertain and cook up a storm on Taste With The Eyes!

12 thoughts on “Summer-in-Winter Soba Soup”

  1. I must admit I am a bit envious about your weather. Up here is actually not cold, but certainly gray. Infusing the soy milk is a nice idea. I also love buckwheat soba noodles: their nuttiness is quite pleasant. it reminds me that I have to write a post about pizzoccheri. Thank you so much for your contribution to MLLA. The sesame seeds are a great touch to both the soup and the photos.

  2. I love soba noodles and the fragrant broth is such a welcome change form my usual cooking. Putting this in my “must do” folder for when it is spring-like (aka abover freezing). Didn’t know you had a photography blog – which explains the stunning photos and your many talents. The sunrise photo makes you welcome the day.

  3. We’re having our own little heatwave here in NYC – with precipitation falling from the sky as cold rain instead of the boring snow we’ve had for weeks. I would never have thought to cook with soy milk, but I’m sure this works in the same way as some of the coconut milk dishes of southeast asia or Brazil do. Looks summery and delicious. Most envious!

  4. Oh my god this is heaven! I love Japan and of course Japanese dishes and although I quite dislike tororo on my soba noodles I know that I will love this combination *make mental note to put soba noodles and lemongrass on my shopping list*

    You have a very interesting and professional food blog. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences 🙂

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