Five-Spice Soba Noodles

Mark Boughton
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins

In a pinch, you can substitute other noodles, such as Japanese udon or spaghettini.


Five-Spice Hoisin Tofu:
1-- jar (7-ounce) hoisin sauce
1/3cup rice wine or sake
3tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2tablespoons minced garlic
1teaspoon five-spice powder
1teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2-- packages (14-ounce) extra-firm tofu, drained and cut in half horizontally
Broth and Noodles:
4cups vegetable broth
2cups water
1/2cup rice wine or sake
1tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2cups diagonally sliced green onions (mainly green part)
1/2pound baby spinach
1/2pound soba noodles


  1. To prepare tofu, mix hoisin sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, garlic, five-spice powder and sesame oil together. Add tofu and carefully toss to coat. Let stand 1 hour at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. Arrange tofu on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Pour marinade on top. Bake 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Cut into 1/4-inch thick pieces, making sure slices are still coated with marinade.
  4. To prepare broth, combine vegetable broth, water, rice wine, ginger and soy sauce in a large saucepan. Heat until very hot. Cook 10 minutes to blend flavors. Add tofu slices and green onion; cook until liquid comes back to a boil. Add spinach and stir carefully. Cook until spinach is slightly wilted. Turn off heat.
  5. To prepare noodles, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and stir to separate. When water returns to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook 3 1/2 to 4 minutes, until al dente. Drain noodles, rinse under warm water, and divide among serving bowls. Spoon broth, tofu and spinach over noodles.

Adapted with permission from Nina Simonds' Spices of Life (Aldred A. Knopf, 2005).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 300
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 7g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 1550mg
  • Potassium 130mg
  • Carbohydrate 45g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Protein 16g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 25%
  • Vitamin C 20%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 25%