A little broth goes a long way in this Asian noodle dish.
Store black sesame seeds, available in most supermarkets and Asian grocery stores, in the refrigerator. They have a high oil content and could go rancid if stored improperly.
Buckwheat soba noodles have a wonderful earthy flavor that's terrific with shrimp and vegetables. Serve this with any toppings you prefer, like peas, red bell pepper, mint, chopped peanuts, and a squeeze of lime. Try boneless chicken pieces instead of shrimp.
Often used in Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking, lemongrass adds a fresh, clean, citrus note. Rich in citral (the main ingredient in lemon peel), the stalk helps aid digestion, as does the ginger. Look for fresh lemongrass without brittle or dry ends. Soba is a protein-rich Japanese noodle made with buckwheat flour; you'll find it in most health-food stores and the international aisle in supermarkets.
Natto soba is a favorite recipe of chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi's Noodles).
Reprinted with permission from Takashi's Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi with Harris Salat, copyright 2009. Published by Ten Speed Press. Photo credit: Tyllie Barbosa 2009