Soba Noodles with Mustard Greens

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity

Soba Noodles with Mustard Greens
(serves 2)

½ pound soba noodles
½ pound mustard greens
3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sake
1 slice fresh ginger
1 scallion, minced
¼ teaspoon pepper

1.Cook the soba noodles in boiling water until just done, about 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water. Wash the mustard greens well, and cut into pieces.
2.Heat the broth, add the soy sauce, sake and ginger. Simmer 10 minutes or until the broth is flavored. Remove the ginger slice and discard. Add the mustard greens and cook until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes.
3.If adding the noodles, stir them into the broth, sprinkle with scallion and pepper, and serve. As an alternative, serve the broth in a bowl and the noodles sprinkled with scallions and pepper on the side. Dip the noodles into the broth and eat; drink the broth at the end of the meal.

Analysis:
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, which is sweet and cool. It drains damp heat, clears heat and resolves toxicity, and alleviates wind headache. Mustard greens are acrid and warm, expel wind, cold and damp, open the chest and stop cough, and warm the LU. Chicken broth is warm and sweet, supplements qi of SP and ST, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi and consolidates the KD. Soy sauce is salty and cold, harmonizes the MJ and clears heat. Sake is warm and pungent, invigorating, and promotes circulation. Ginger is pungent and warm, disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other substances, and reduces inflammation. Scallion and pepper are both pungent and warm, scallion releases exterior wind cold, invigorates blood, and drains damp; pepper warms MJ, expels cold, and invigorates blood.
Overall, the warming and acrid/pungent nature of the ingredients primarily influences the LU. They help tonify and moisten the LU and clear chest congestion. This dish has a mix of hot and cold temperature foods (but more warm), and can be used in a variety of LU conditions, including exterior invasions, flu, or bronchitis.