Soft noodles tossed in a (super delicious) creamy peanut sauce together with some crispy veggies and topped with a slightly sweet sticky maple soy tofu. And all of that’s vegan. I can truly see no reason you would not love this. It’s quick, it’s healthy, it’s versatile and it’s incredibly tasty.
What is special about this dish?
It is not your regular asian inspired stir-fry dish, neither is it your regular satay Salad. It is a great combination of the two of them. Also, we are using soba-noodles, not regular egg or stir-fry noodles. Plus, it has some delicious sticky maple-soy tofu that is the perfect addition. And, it is ready in pretty much no time.
What are soba noodles?
Soba noodles are noodles that originated in Japan but now are eaten all over the world. They are made from buckwheat flour, and most of the time it is in a wholewheat form. That makes them taste a little bit different from regular noodles, meaning they have a slight nutty flavour. The also take very little time to cook and are great in stir fry´s or soups. I already have a few other soba noodle recipes on my blog like my curry soup with lemongrass meatballs.
Is this recipe healthy?
Yes, it definitely is. Why? The soba noodles add a bunch of carbohydrates and fibre (since they are wholegrain) to the dish. The tofu gives a nice and delicious kick of protein and the peanut butter (please use a natural one, and not one with thousands of add-ins) has all the healthy fats you need. Not to forget about all of the veggies you add into the dish, that provide a whole bunch of fibre and vitamins! So yes, definitely healthy!
Easy to make, family friendly and meal prep friendly
This dish truly ticks all of the boxes you need. It is ready in 20 minutes, which makes it a great quick lunch or an easy dinner. Also, it is very versatile and family friendly, since you can substitute ingredients in and out, depending on your preference. Instead of tofu you could go for chicken or prawns or if you do not like a specific veggies leave it out or use something else. Also if you do not have a certain vegetable at home, leave it out and it will still be delicious! I also really like to take this with me and enjoy in my lunch break as it is really easy to heat up and it will still be delicious!
This truly is one of my favourite things to have, warm or cold. I absolutely love how quick it comes together and how incredibly good it still tastes! Unreal. A favourite!
Quick Peanut Soba Noodle Stir Fry with sticky Tofu
An easy, delicious and nutritious meal. Crispy veggies with delicious noodles, all tossed up in a creamy peanut sauce and topped with some tofu.
What you will need
- 320 g soba noodles
- 200 g oyster mushrooms *
- 1 red bell pepper *
- 1/4 head red cabbage
- 2 large carrots
- 100 g edamame beans
- 2 tbsp oil
For the peanut sauce:
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 cm ginger
- juice of 1 lime
- 1.5 tbsp coconut sugar
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar
For the tofu:
- 400 g firm tofu
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cornstarch
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the soba noodles and cook according to package instructions (about 5 minutes). When done cooking, preserve 2 tablespoons of the water they were cooking in and drain them and rinse under cold water to stop them from continuing to cook.
Peel the carrot and grate it roughly. Slice the bell pepper, mushrooms and the cabbage into bite sized pieces/ slices. In a pan heat up 1 tbsp of the oil and fry the veggies on high heat for about 3 minutes, then turn down to medium.
In the meanwhile cut the tofu into 1cm sized chunks. Mix the soy sauce, maple syrup and cornstarch until no chunks left. Heat up the remaining oil in another pan and fry the tofu on each side for about 1-2 minutes until crisp. Turn the heat down and add the soy sauce mixture. Stir to make sure the tofu is all covered with the sauce.
In a blender blend together all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce and add the 2 tbsp of preserved water. Add it to the veggies along with the cooked noodles and mix till well combined. Divide onto plates and top with the tofu! Enjoy!