Momofuku's Ginger-Scallion Noodles with Tofu Recipe

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Momofuku's Ginger-Scallion Noodles with Tofu Recipe

[Photograph: 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.

  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes

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. 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. 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. 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.