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Monday, February 14, 2011

Japanese Soba Noodles and Tempura-Daring Cook Challenge

February Challenge at the Daring Cooks is hosted by Lisa of Blueberry Girl. She challenged us to prepare the famous Japanese dish- Cold Soba Noodles and Tempura. Soba is a kind of thin noodles prepared from buck wheat flour. Cold Soba is a very popular dish in Japan. Tempura is nothing but deep fried fritters. Seafoods or vegetables are dipped in cold batter and deep fried. You can use sweet potatoes,carrots,pumpkin,green beans, green bell peppers,eggplant or onions for the tempura.
This was totally a new dish to me. I liked the taste of the sauce. The tempura tasted exactly like our bajjis. Hubby liked it very much. 

Bell Pepper Tempura with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Noodles drizzled with sauce and topped with cucumber

Ice Water-1cup
All Purpose Flour-1/2cup
Corn Flour-1/2cup
Baking Powder-1/2tsp
Salt-to taste
Red Chilly Powder-1/2tsp
Vegetables cut into slices(I used Green Peppers)

For the Spicy Dipping Sauce:
Soya sauce-3tbs
Spring Onions-3/4cup(finely chopped)
White Vinegar-2tbs
Mustard Powder-1/4tsp
Veg Oil-1tbs
Sesame Oil-1tbs
Pepper powder-1/3tsp

For the noodles:
Buck wheat noodles or any thin Asian Noodles-340gm
Water-3 litres

The Sauce:
1. In a bottle add all the ingredients and shake well until salt and sugar are dissolved.
2. Add 2tbs water and mix well.
3. Adjust seasoning if needed.
1. Boil water. Add a tsp olive oil and add the noodles and let it cook.
2. When done strain the noodles in a strainer.
3. Keep the strainer under running water until the noodles become cool.
4. Refrigerate the strained noodles.
1. Mix all the ingredients for the batter with a fork. The resultant batter should be lumpy and runny.
2. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Keep the batter bowl inside this bowl. This is to maintain the chillness of the batter.
3. Heat oil in a pan.
4. Dip the sliced vegetables into the batter and drop them into hot oil.
5. Remove from oil when the vegetables are completely fried.
I served the noodles in a bowl drizzled with the sauce and topped with some cucumber slices.
Served  tempura along.


  1. I love them both. Looking so yummy. Best wishes.

  2. WOW your photos say it all delicious crispy yumminess great work on this challenge.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  3. Awesome combo meal,i luv to have anytime,gayathri...

  4. Simply amazing.. Happy Valentine's day!

  5. Lovely entry to the Daring challenge.
    Lovely blog there.. Happy to follow you...
    Do drop by @ My culinary Trial room when u find time

  6. photos illaiya gayathri? ;) ungka recipe-la padam paakkave naan regular-aa varuven.

    antha capsicum romba nallaa irukku!

  7. Those noodles look so refreshing and the tempura so crispy - it all looks delicious. Great job!

  8. Looks so perfect.. beautifully done!

    US Masala

  9. Crispy and yummy, tempting clicks dear.

  10. Capsicum tempura and soba noodles makes me hungry..

  11. capsicum tempura and soba noodles looks yummy.

  12. I am so impressed you accepted this challange and prepared this exotic dish. I love tempura,but have never made it at home,this recipe gives me the inspiration to give it a shot at home. Loved the noodles too ,lovely combo:)

  13. sounds really tempting Gayatri.. you have done great job. your dish looks yummy.. great work..

  14. delicious noodles and super tempura...thanks for sharing

  15. Delicious looking! So refreshing! Great job on the challenge!

  16. capsicum tempura looks great.. love it with the noodles..

  17. WOW Noodles and tempura looks great.


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