Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Shiitake



  1. 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded
  2. 8 scallions
  3. 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  4. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  5. 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  6. 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  7. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  8. 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  10. 1/2 teaspoon chili oil
  11. 7 ounces soba noodles
  12. 1 large cucumber—peeled, halved, seeded and cut into thick matchsticks
  13. 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds (optional)
  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a large bowl, toss the mushrooms and scallions with the peanut oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the mushrooms over moderate heat, turning once, until cooked through and tender, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate. Grill the scallions, turning once, until softened and blackened in spots, about 2 minutes; add to the mushrooms. Let the mushrooms and scallions cool, then thinly slice them.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce with the ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar and chili oil.
  3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the soba noodles until al dente, about 4 minutes; drain. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl. Add the mushrooms, scallions, cucumber and dressing and toss well. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.
Make Ahead
The recipe can be prepared through Step 2 up to 8 hours ahead and kept at room temperature.

Suggested Pairing

A bright, citrusy Riesling best complements the Asian flavors here. Look for a very fruity example that will also blend with the spicy chili oil.