Vegetable Lo Mein With Soba Noodles

Lo mein is a Chinese cooking method, where boiled noodles are mixed with sauce, vegetables and/or poultry and/or seafood. If the boiled noodles are fried and then sautéed with sauce and vegetables, then the cooking method is called chow mein. Naturally, soft noodles soak up more sauce and therefore lo mein recipes often use more sauce. Instead of ordinary noodles, I have used soba noodles.

Soba Noodles

Soba noodles are Japanese noodles made of buckwheat. These light brown coloured noodles can be served cold with a dipping sauce or hot, as in this recipe. Even though buckwheat is a gluten-free grain (a pseudograin, strictly speaking, since buckwheat is not a grain, rather a fruit), the noodles are made by mixing wheat flour. So people with special dietary needs should be cautious while consuming them. Otherwise, these noodles are an excellent source of protein and good source of fiber.

They are slightly nutty, but when mixed with a sauce, soba noodles hardly taste different than wheat noodles. They cook faster than ordinary noodles too, just 4 minutes. I see no reason why soba noodles shouldn’t be a part of a healthy diet. For nutritional information and details on the brand that I normally buy, visit here. Learn how to make soba noodles from a chef master.


Soba Noodles – ½ lb
Red or green bell pepper – 1
Sugar snap peas – 1 cup, stringed
Carrot – 2, cut into 1 inch cubes
Teriyaki sauce – 1/3-1/2 cup
Garlic – 3 cloves, minced
Ginger – 1 inch piece, finely chopped
Crushed red pepper– 1 tsp
Eggs – 2
Cilantro – 2 tsp, finely chopped
Sesame oil


Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain again and set aside.

Take a flat bottomed wide skillet. Put this on a medium heat stove and heat a tsp of oil. In a bowl combine eggs, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and pour into the skillet. Lift and tilt the skillet to form a thin layer of egg on the bottom. Cook, without stirring for 2 to 3 minutes or just until set. Lift the omelette, flip and cook the other side for an additional minute. Slide out onto cutting board, cool slightly and cut into thick strips. Set aside.

In the same skillet, over high heat, heat 2 tsp of oil. Add bell pepper, sugar snap peas, carrot, ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add teriyaki sauce and salt and bring to boil. Boil gently for 2 minutes. Add cooked noodles and cilantro to the vegetable mixture, toss well and serve immediately.

Vegetable Lo Mein With Soba Noodles


Roopa said...

the plate of noodles is very inviting :)

WokandSpoon said...

Cold soba noodles with a dipping sauce is a favourite dish of mine! Your soba noodles dish looks nice and healthy with lots of fresh veggies!!

Anonymous said...

its either my reader or you really like to post early in the morning!!!

colourful, as usual.

Raaga said...

I wish I could learn to cook like you... photographing my food like you won't be possible for me... but some day I shall cook like you :-)

Shammi said...

Suganya, your photos are simply stunning - almost as good as your recipes. :) Have I said this before? You have one LUCKY family!

Rachna said...

wow soba noodles are new to me...and as always, your pics are amazing!!!

sunita said...

That's just the kind of meal me and Dinesh looks lovely :)

Nupur said...

Your photographs are just gorgeous...I love the exuberance of the first picture! Have been meaning to try soba noodles for a while, and this is just the inspiration I needed.

Apple said...

Awesome pics suganya...lovely recipe too..

FH said...

Looks delicious.I have to get some Soba noodles,never cooked with it but have seen so many recipes.Photos are gorgeous!!:))

Finla said...

Dish looks delicious and sobe noodles are very healthy too

Kribha said...

The presentation looks absolutely superb. Never heard of soba noodles before. will look for it.

Tee said...

mind blowing pictures, Suganya! I am ready with my chopsticks to dig in ;)
Loved the recipe!

Pooja V said...

I am drooling all over my keyboard. v neat n simple recipe but a explosion of flavours to the taste buds.

Manjula said...

I just feel like digging my fork right in. Your photographs are always stunning. Every time you excel the past ones! and the recipes too.
Never cooked Soba Noodles. I cook with Veri Veri teriyaki sauce, which one do you use?

Suganya said...

Thank you Roopa.

W&S, I should try soba noodles. They seem to be much flavourful than cold pasta.

Lakshmi, Lets say I post really late in the night :). Ah! ok, its procrastination that I start thinking abt posting only late in the evening. Then editing photo and writing the post makes me working till late in the night.

C'mon Raaga. Did you look back at yr Ganesh Chaturthi spread? I cant even *think* that big a list! You are a great cook :)

Shyamala, You are so kind. But you have not witnessed those not-so-good-not-a-word-out recipe that G has tried ;). He is not all that lucky!

Try this once Rachna. You will be hooked! I was :)

Sunita, Aren't they a cool way to bring a healthy and wholesome dinner to the table :) Like yr egg curry ;)

Nupur, Let me try yr pot-stickers, you try soba noodles. Lets see how it goes!

Thank you Apple.

Am surprised that you haven't tried soba noodles yet Asha. You will like them!

HC, Kribha, Thank you very much. Do try it!

Oh yeah Tee! I can see that ;)

Rightly put Pooja. It was an explosion of flavours. I simply loved it!

Manjula, I buy Teriyaki, Soy, Tamari etc from an Asian store in my city. The Japanese I learnt is long forgotten, I cannot read what it says :)

Jyothi said...

Wow! very tempting pics and colorful. Thanks for sharing such a light dish.

Savithri said...

Soba noodles sound great and healthy. I will have to try them:)

Your pictures never disappoint!

TheCooker said...

Stunning photos!
Haven't made soba noodles in a while....will try your sauce next time I do.

Mansi said...

Soba noodles- heard about them the first time! thanks for sharing the recipe and info:)

musical said...

The first picture is spellbinding! A work of pure photography genious! and love recipe too!

Latha said...

Yumm looking noodles! I made veg noodles this past weekend too -except i used hakka noodles. Never tried soba noodles. Usually the jappanese udon noodles are thicker right.. are these like that?
Love u're photography!

Pravs said...

Wow ! what a pic of the noodles before cooking and after. You have a nice blog the photography, presentations and the dishes :) First time here.. thanks for coming by.

Sharmi said...

never heard of it. really informative to me. looks and sounds good!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi suganya!
Photos are beautifull!!

Bharathy said...

Garlic Vinaigrette and soba noodles(the wheat ing!!)!!Absolutely new to me..:)..
The topmost pic is soo professional..

Bindiya said...

hey even i posted a recipe of hakka noodles recently, but this japanese stuff, will try soon,looks yum!and... you have a great blog.

Cynthia said...

I love lo mein and chow mein. Pssst. Don't tell anyone but one of the dishes for my column is weekend is going to be chow mein. Shuuuu. Don't say anything (lol).

How is G? :P

Latha Narasimhan said...

The picture of uncooked noodles is so attractive! The cooked ones are so tempting!!Today I am confused after seeing si many nice recipes! I am leaving it to my son to decide what he wants first!

Bong Mom said...

What a fascinating pic, the first one is totally amazing

TBC said...

Fab first pic!

bha said...

I liked the first pic, the noodles in it look grey in colour though u said that they are brown....thats nicce photography....the plate looks inviting

Suganya said...

Thank you Jyothi.

Savithri, You are adventurous when it comes to food. you will like this :)

TC, I would love to learn how you make 'em.

Thank you Mansi.

Musical, You are so kind :)

Latha, Udon noodles are thicker than soba. They are different.

You are welcome, Pravs.

It tastes good too, Sharmi.

Thanks Usha. Hope you are doing fine.

Thanks Bharathy!

Bindiya, Thanks for visiting!

Cynthia, Your secret is safe with me. Give yrself an ear twist on my behalf :p

So Latha Maami, what did yr son choose?

Thanks Sandeepa, TBC, Bhags.

Viji said...

Wonderful presentation Suganya, as usual. But for egg, it is a full meal for me with veggies. Viji said...

Very cool picture. Did you like the taste of the soba noodles? Was it a very different taste from regular chinese rice noodles?


Pdk said...

Soba noodle in a white cup with some sticks lying around the cup in some kinda unintentional geometrical look is awsome... love ur pics.. by the way what cam do u use?

SeeC said...

Pictures are asusual Gorgeous.
I learn lot of new ingredients/item names from you.
Should look for soba noodles next tiem i shop.

Anonymous said...

And you did it again! Check out the DMBLGIT results! Congrats!

Helene said...

Right back at you! Congrats on DMBLGIT!! Forgot to tell you last month that I made this recipe and we could not stop eating it....That good!

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