As crazy as it sounds, the most comforting food to me is ethnic food. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cheeseburger hot off the grill or something equally as American on occasion, but 9 times out of 10 if I am feeling tired, sad, or emotional I am craving something from another continent. Last week my husband went out of town for a business trip, and so I was left cooking for just myself. No fun right? Well, I was actually thrilled about it because my husband is not the biggest fan of some of my favorite dishes. So I went to the grocery store, and picked out ingredients that I knew I could never get away with using when my hubby is at home, and off I went.
I made this chow mein to accompany me, my couch, and endless television shows…it was like I was back in college with take out! It was yummy, quick and easy to make, and even better cold the next day! Soba noodles are really great for you as they are made from buckwheat flour, winning!
Chow mein is one of those comforting dishes that I crave over and over. Something about the noodles, sweet and savory sauce, and all the ginger and veggies. Goodness it gets me every time. I think this is a perfect dish for a quick meal on the days that you just cant handle making a meat, sides, and some time of carb or grain. One pot, simple, and delicious.
So next time you are feeling sad, emotional, or just tired after a long day, try this comforting dish. It will cheer you up and have you feeling cozy in no time! Enjoy!
- 1 package soba noodles
- 2 cups cabbage
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 1/4 sliced celery (slice at a diagonal angle)
- 1 onion diced
- 6 green onions diced
- For the Sauce -
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 4 cloves of garlic finely minced
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- black or white pepper to taste
- To make sauce combine all ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and toss with oil.
- In a medium/large heavy bottom pan heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add in onion, carrots, celery and half the green onions and cook until soft. Add in garlic for 30 seconds. Add cabbage and toss to coat with oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes until cabbage begins to wilt. Add in the soba noodles and toss with the veggie mix. Pour in the sauce, toss, and serve immediately. Garnish with green onions.