Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Soba Noodles

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Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Soba Noodles

Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Soba Noodles

Elegant and full of sophisticated Asian flavors—tofu doesn't get any better than this.

Nutrition Profile: Heart Healthy   High Fiber   Low Cholesterol   Low Sat Fat  

Serves 4

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 55 min.


  • 2 tablespoon rice wine or sake
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon prepared black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 14- to 16- extra-firm regular tofu
  • 1/4 cup rice wine, or sake
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 4 cups trimmed watercress, loosely packed
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese fermented black beans, rinsed (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon sesame seeds

Cooking Directions

Step 1

To prepare dressing: Combine rice wine (or sake), black bean sauce, soy sauce, sugar and water in a small bowl; stir until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

Step 2

To prepare tofu & soba: Cut tofu into 8 pieces the size of a playing card.

Step 3

Combine rice wine (or sake), soy sauce and 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a shallow dish just large enough to hold tofu in a single layer. Add tofu; cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning once.

Step 4

Meanwhile, cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Place in a large bowl. Remove tofu from marinade and pat dry. Mix any marinade not absorbed by tofu into the reserved dressing and add to the noodles along with watercress, scallions and fermented black beans, if using; toss to combine. Set aside.

Step 5

Spread sesame seeds on a small plate. Dip tofu into sesame seeds to coat one side. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook tofu, sesame-seed-side down (in batches, if necessary), until golden, about 1 minute. Turn and cook the other side until golden, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Step 6

Divide the noodles among 4 plates and arrange sesame-crusted tofu on top. Serve immediately.