Sesame-Mushroon Soba Noodles

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Noodles, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Yin Vacuity

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Sesame-Mushroom Soba Noodles

Ingredients:
3 TBL. Black sesame seeds
8 oz. Dried soba noodles
2 TBL. Olive oil
1 sm. Onion, cut into ¼ in. strips
4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
22 (l lb) fresh Shitake mushrooms, sliced, discard stems
½ cup dashi, or other stock (vegetable/beef)
¼ cup mirin, or dry sherry
3 TBL. Soy sauce
1-2 TBL. Powdered kudzu, arrowroot, cornstarch or other thickener
2 green onions, chopped into ¼ in. pcs.

Directions:
1. Toast the sesame seeds in a wide skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan. Fry until fragrant, 3-5 minutes, remove from pan & set aside.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil, add the soba noodles & cook for about 5 minutes, until al dente or according to the package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, & set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions & garlic & sauté for a minute, until fragrant.
4. Add the mushrooms & saute for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the dashi stock, mirin, & soy sauce.
5. In a small bowl, mix the kudzu w/ a few TBL. Cold water & stir well to remove any lumps. Add the kudzu mixture to the pan & cook for another minute.
6. Toss the soba noodles & vegetables together & sprinkle with black sesame seeds & green onions before serving.

 

TCM: This dish strengthens the Spleen & Stomach, eliminates dampness, strengthens the liver & kidneys & augments essence.

Olive oil: Cooling, sweet, fatty & moistens.
Onions: Warm/hot, pungent, resolves phlegm & expels pathogens.
Black Sesame seeds: neutral & sweet, harmonizes blood, nourish yin, & tonifies LV & KD
Soba noodles: Buckwheat noodles, sweet & cool, supplement spleen & dispel damp, & treats food stagnation.
Garlic: Hot & pungent, detoxifies & removes stagnation.
Shitake mushrooms: Neutral & sweet strengthen spleen & stomach & detoxifies.
Mirin: sweet cooking wine, pungent, promotes circulation.
Soy sauce: Cold, salty, sweet, clears heat & detoxifies.
Stock: Neutral, cooling, salty, harmonize digestion.
Kudzu: Pungent, sweet, cool, clear heat & nourishes fluids.