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Miso Soba Soup with Seitan & Bok Choy

Miso Soba Soup with Seitan & Bok Choy

You guys all know by now that I’m a noodle addict. Spaghetti, ramen, zoodles… as long as there are noods, I’m a happy camper. I’ve been on a soba kick lately after scoring a good deal on a big package of 100% buckwheat soba noodles from a local Asian grocery store. Compared to traditional pasta, soba is lower calorie, higher in protein, and higher in fiber. I could never give up pasta and ramen, but I plan to make soba a staple in my kitchen as it’s healthier, tasty, and very versatile. One of my favorite ways to enjoy soba is with a super easy miso broth, and this recipe below makes a quick lunch/dinner for one!

I use red miso paste as it has a stronger flavor. Some grocery stores only carry white miso, so you may have to do some searching. The sliced seitan can be substituted with tofu or tempeh, but I do love how the seitan soaks up the broth like a sponge. (Portlanders can pick up some great seitan steaks in the freezer section of Food Fight Grocer.) I always pick baby bok choy over the fully grown version as it’s sweeter and more tender. It just needs to be blanched for a couple minutes, don’t cook it to a mush.

Miso Soba Soup with Seitan & Bok Choy

Makes one bowl of noodles

Ingredients
1 bundle of buckwheat soba noodles
1 tbsp oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
3 cups vegetable broth or water
3 tbsp red miso paste
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 heads of baby bok choy, trimmed and separated
1/2 cup sliced seitan
Sriracha, optional

Cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse the soba noodles with cold water, then set aside.

In the same pot you used to cook the soba, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the water or vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Add the soy sauce and miso paste, then stir to dissolve.

Bring the broth to a boil. Add the baby bok choy and cook until tender, about 2 minutes tops.Β  Remove the baby bok choy with tongs and a colander.

Reduce the heat to low. Add the sliced seitan and simmer until it’s heated through.

To serve, place the soba noodles in a bowl. Top with the sliced seitan and baby bok choy, then ladle the broth over everything. Drizzle with sriracha, and enjoy!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Hanna
    February 21, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Once again this looks so delicious. Many new ingredients for me, but I keep learning, so it is just fine :) I would never be able to leave pasta either, BUT I believe just like you, that it is better to have something else every now and then. Your recipe seems easy (even for me) so I should not fail!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      February 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks! Hope you have a chance to give it a try. I’d love to hear what your kids think since these would be new ingredients for them. :)

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    annie lee
    February 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    this looks amazing… it doesn’t sound too complicated either… do you think maybe even i can give a try? hahahah x) that last drizzle of sriracha sauce must be everything!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      February 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you! Hahah, I’m sure you will do fine with this recipe. And yes, sriracha goes with everything, right? ;)

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    sileas
    February 22, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I love noodles too! And I always forget that there’s so many varieties… Haven’t had soba for ages! Thanks for that great inspiration!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      February 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Yay, noodle lovers unite! I forgot about soba for a while, then when I saw it on sale at the grocery store, I reached for the largest package available. :P

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    PinaySkattebasse
    February 22, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Noodles lover here, present! :) The recipe looks simple which is great for a hungry tummy. Just 1-2-3 then it’s done. Thanks!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      February 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Lots of noodle lovers! Thanks, let me know if you have a chance to try out this recipe. :)

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    Mitzie Mee
    February 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I love bok choy. I never had it before I started traveling to Asia, but I just find it really tasty with almost everything, especially noodle dishes. The seitan looks nice too:)

    • Reply
      wazwu
      February 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      So true that bok choy is great with everything! I really love it in soups with some noodles. Ugh, wish I had some in the fridge right now so I could make it for lunch today.

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    Jintoki
    February 23, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    My family lives noodles and this fish looks like it’ll fit right at our dinner table.

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    May 30, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Bok choy is simply awesome. Loved the recipe, Waz!

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