Momofuku's Ginger-Scallion Noodles with Tofu Recipe

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Blake Royer

If you're lucky to have an H Mart near you, then hopefully you take advantage of the Asian food superstore's incredible array of ingredients. I left the Chicago store this weekend with four different kinds of soy sauce for one, but also a package of incredibly good Hong Kong-style noodles. I had dreams of tossing them with the Momofuku ginger-scallion sauce, one of the simplest, best recipes in the Momofuku cookbook.

I like it because it stays away from obvious Asian ingredients like sesame oil or oyster sauce which tend to take over the flavor of a dish, while introducing unexpected ones like sherry vinegar. The result is clean, balanced and light, yet flavorful enough to carry a bowl of noodles. You can add pretty much anything to the recipe (Chang recommends seared cauliflower, quick-pickled cucumber, and other ideas), so I added some simply seared tofu for protein.

Adapted from The Art of Simple Food.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced or shredded scallions (about 1 to 2 large bunches)
  • 1/2 cup finely minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, preferably usukuchi (light soy sauce), divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1 pound firm tofu, cut into 1-inch wide planks
  • 1 pound Asian wheat noodles
  • Sriracha hot sauce for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the scallions, ginger, 1/4 cup of the oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the soy sauce, vinegar, and salt. Cover the tofu with the remaining soy sauce and set aside. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium until shimmering. Add the tofu and cook until golden, about 4 minutes total, turning the pieces once. Transfer tofu to a paper towel-lined plate, then cook noodles according to package directions.

  3. Drain the noodles and toss them with the ginger scallion sauce in a large bowl. Transfer to individual bowls and top with the tofu. Serve with sriracha, if desired.