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.
- Yield:serves 4
- Active time: 10 minutes
- Total time:25 minutes
- 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)
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.
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.
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.