Cold Soba Noodle Sesame Bowl with Cucumbers
Recipe Type: Main, Lunch
Serves: 2 generous servings
A noodle bowl is the perfect dish to have for lunch with crunchy green beans, fresh cucumber, hearty mushrooms and a dressing that is sweet and sour. If you want to make this completely vegan, replace the honey with a sweetener of your choice (like agave).
  • 250g (8.8 ounces) soba noodles
  • 150g (5.3 ounces) enoki mushrooms, trimmed and separated
  • 150g (5.3 ounces) green beans, trimmed and sliced lengthwise
  • 5 green onions, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 mini cucumber, julienned
  • a couple tablespoons of sesame seeds
Toasted sesame dressing
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • juice of half a lime
  • ½ small green chilli, finely minced
  1. Heat up a pan over medium heat with a splash of neutral oil.
  2. Put mushrooms and green beans into the pan, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Sauté mushrooms and green beans, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms begin to brown. Green beans will still be crunchy.
  4. In the meantime, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  5. Cook soba noodles until cooked through (about 5 minutes).
  6. Strain noodles and rinse thoroughly under cold water.
  7. In a large bowl toss noodles with sautéed mushrooms and green beans, green onion, cucumber, dressing, and garnish with sesame seeds.
  8. This dish is good at either room temperature or cold.
Toasted sesame dressing
  1. In a small bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce (rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, soya, sauce, lime, green chili).
Recipe by Honest Cooking at