Soba So Good...
Japanese Beef Bowl
We thought we'd bring you a favourite in the Gent's household. Quick, tasty and we think fairly healthy. This is not authentic Japan, but it is an authentic East London Japanese inspired (been once does that count?) yummy bowl of wholesome beef, noodle and vegetable broth!
First get your frying pan very very hot. We mean it. You can't cook a good steak without a hot pan. And another thing..... cook it from room temperature. Cold steak stays raw in the middle. Next soak some wakami seaweed flakes. Not essential but wonderfully chewy and a real nod to Japan. Meanwhile cook your noodles in boiling water. We love the earthy savoury flavour of soba noodles, but use your favourite. Once cooked plunge into ice cold water and set aside.
Sear your steak until caramelised (not burnt) then wrap in foil to rest. Next it's on with the vegetables. Cook rapidly in water with some fresh ginger. Place your noodles in your bowl and sprinkle over the wakame. Place your just cooked vegetables in the bowl then slice your steak and place this on top.
Off the heat, stir in a good dollop of miso paste to your water and ginger and pour over the contents of your bowl. The hot stock will re-heat your noodles. Top your steak with some fresh ginger, spring onions, a little sliced chilli and a splash of toasted sesame oil and finally, sprinkle with trusty nana-iro tōgarashi (seven spice chilli sprinkles a.k.a. Scichimi).
"osaki ni dōzo"