Japanese beef with soba noodles

Japanese beef with soba noodles


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About this recipe: Here strips of tender steak are coated in an intensely flavoured mixture, then stir-fried and tossed with vegetables and buckwheat noodles to make an all-in-one supper dish. The Japanese ingredients – nori, wasabi, soba and dashi powder – are available from large supermarkets, health food shops and Oriental food stores.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 4 

  • 5 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp wasabi paste (Japanese horseradish)
  • 450 g (1 lb) lean sirloin steak, trimmed of fat and cut into strips
  • 300 g (10½ oz) soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, sliced diagonally into 5 cm (2 in) lengths
  • 125 g (4½ oz) shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 750 ml (1¼ pints) dashi stock, made with dashi powder
  • 1 sheet nori (Japanese seaweed), cut into thin strips
  • 15 g (½ oz) fresh coriander, chopped

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:5min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Mix together 3 tbsp of the soy sauce, the garlic, cornflour and wasabi in a medium-sized bowl. Add the beef and stir until well coated. Set aside.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add the noodles and cook for 5 minutes or according to the packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a wok or heavy-based frying pan until really hot, then add half of the oil and swirl to coat the wok. Toss in the red pepper, spring onions and mushrooms and stir-fry for 4 minutes or until softened. Remove from the wok with a draining spoon. Drain the noodles well and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in the wok, then add the beef and stir-fry for about 4 minutes or until just tender. Remove with the draining spoon.
  5. Pour the stock and remaining 2 tbsp soy sauce into the wok and add the noodles and vegetables with the nori and coriander. Toss well, then add the beef and toss again. Pile the noodles, vegetables and beef into bowls and spoon over the broth. Serve immediately.

Some more ideas

Beef stock, preferably home-made, can be used instead of dashi stock. * For a teriyaki pan-fry, omit the wasabi and replace with 1 tsp finely grated fresh root ginger and 1 tbsp dry sherry. * For a spicier flavour, stir-fry 1 seeded and finely chopped fresh red chilli with the vegetables. * In place of the mushrooms, use 100 g (3 1/2 oz) each baby leaf spinach and bean sprouts, adding them at the end of cooking.

Plus points

Nori is a good source of iodine, essential for the healthy function of the thyroid gland. It is also a good source of vitamin B12, being one of the few plant sources of this vitamin. * Garlic and spring onions can help to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, which in turn helps to prevent coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. These pungent ingredients also contain allicin, a phytochemical with anti-fungal and antibiotic properties.

Each serving provides

B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, niacin, zinc * folate, copper, potassium * iron, magnesium, selenium

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Reviews (3)


Something else. Warning for ceoliacs: this is not gluten free, soy sauce is full of it so try to substitute it if you can, also use rice noodles instead!! - 21 Jul 2009


- 30 Oct 2012


I eated it - 13 Feb 2015

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