Miso is one of our flavor-bomb secret weapons at Cooking Light, instantly providing rich umami depth. So, too, do dried shiitake mushrooms, which infuse the broth with earthy, savory flavor. It’s easy to overcook soba, so watch it closely, and be sure to rinse it with cold water as soon as it’s done to stop the cooking process. The steaming method for the eggs cooks them perfectly and makes the shells easy to remove.
How to Make It
Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add mushrooms; cover, remove fromheat, and let stand 20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Remove mushrooms from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving liquid. Thinly slice mushrooms.
Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to Dutch oven; swirl to coat. Add green onion bottoms, ginger, and garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms, mushroom soaking liquid, stock, miso, and soy sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
While stock mixture simmers, bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Place eggs in a vegetable steamer basket; lower basket into pan. Cover and cook 6 minutes 45 seconds; plunge eggs into ice water. Let stand 3 minutes. Drain and peel.
Cook soba in boiling water 2 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Drain.
Stir vinegar and tofu into stock mixture. Arrange bok choy on top; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Place about 3/4 cup soba and 1 bok choy half in each of 6 bowls; ladle about 1 1/4 cups simmering stock mixture over noodles. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons green onion tops. Cut each egg in half; nestle 2 egg halves into each bowl.
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Also appeared in:Oxmoor House, March, 2016,Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice