09 July 2010

Friday Night Japanese Dinner

Tonkatsu Soba with Edamame

This is a super quick and easy dinner to put together - ready in 1/2 hour max!  And tastes just as good as what you'd get at those Jap eateries.

Step 1: SOBA

  • Bring a pot of water to boil, add a generous amount of salt, and then the soba.  Cook till al dente. This means the soba is cooked through with a firm bite, not soggy.
  • Once al dente, transfer soba into an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
  • Drain away the water, and chill in the freezer while you prepare the other food.
I get my supply of soba noodles from Daiso. It's the cheapest I know of. Half a pack makes enough for two. 

Toast the tonkatsu.
Yes. Toast. In the oven toaster. Quick, clean, oil-free. 

I usually prefer cooking from scratch, but CP Foods has got this right. It comes with a crispy crumbed crust and an authentic-tasting sauce.

Just take it out of the pack and toast it till the crust is golden brown. Easy peasy!

Bring some water to a boil, then throw in some frozen edamame. When the water starts to boil again, turn the heat off and let it sit for about 2-3 minutes before fishing them out of the water. $3 gets you a huge pack of these soy beans from NTUC.

Step 4: SOBA DIP
In a small bowl, combine some ice cubes, soba sauce, cold water, and wasabi. Before serving, sprinkle sesame seeds and seaweed on the soba.

There! That's it! I told you it was super easy. 


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