Monday, 5 October 2015

Zaru Soba with Smoked Duck 日式荞麦凉面配熏鸭片

Zaru Soba 日式荞麦凉面 (Japanese chilled buckwheat noodle served in bamboo basket) is definitely my favourite and most frequently ordered item on the Japanese menus. However, I am always beaten by its hefty price tag when eating out. It would easily cost SGD 10 or more....just for a serving of of PLAIN soba. So, is that not a good reason to DIY at home?

In Singapore, most Japanese restaurants match Zaru Soba with Tempura. I like the combination but would prefer something quick and easy for a homemade version. I have tried & tested many variations and still find it a cohesive marriage between soba and smoked duck.  

This home-cooked Zaru Soba with Smoked Duck 日式荞麦凉面配熏鸭片 is surely friendly to my wallet. I do not need 10 bucks to prepare this meal for 2 persons. Yes. Smoked duck meat included! Best of takes me no more than 20 minutes to prepare and cook everything! 

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Ingredients (enough for 2 pax) :
  • 200 gm soba (buckwheat noodle) 
  • 1 pc nori/toasted seaweed (shredded)
  • 1 packet smoked duck breast meat (available from supermarkets)
  • 1 cup Tsuketsuyu/instant soba sauce (available from supermarkets)
  • 1 stalk spring onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tub of ice 
  • water

(tsp = teaspoon; tbsp = tablespoon)    

Tip 1 : Air fry or oven roast smoked duck meat for better taste and feel.

Tip 2 : I took the short cut by using instant soba dipping sauce. Tsuketsuyu/soba sauce can be made by bringing to boil combined Japanese soy sauce, mirin, daishi powder, kombu and water. Chill before use. 

Method :

Rub a little salt on skin of smoked duck breast meat and air fry at 160 degrees celsius (320 degrees fahrenheit) for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook soba in boiling water till softened. 
Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
Drain soba and fold in to ice water for an immediate ice-bath when cooked.
Leave soba in ice water for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
Remove smoked duck from air fryer when time's due. It should have roasted skin by then.
Slice smoked duck breast meat thinly and set aside.
Prepare soba dip sauce by mixing 1 portion of instant soba sauce with an equal portion of water.
Serve Zaru Soba with wasabi, soba dip sauce, chopped spring onions, shredded nori and smoked duck slices.

Zaru Soba with Smoked Duck 日式荞麦凉面配熏鸭片 has to be one of the easiest meal to prepare. Palatable yet suitable for those who are health conscious.


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