Sunday, September 23, 2007

Almond buttered soba

Nuts contain antioxidants and phytochemicals including flavonoids and phenolic components. Almond and almond skins are known to contain flavonoids which are a large group of plant nutrients found in wine, tea, fruits and vegetables. Almonds also have the highest protein content of any nut and are rich in minerals, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and especially high in calcium. Do you know...almonds contain a high degree of oleic acid, which is believed to be the ingredient in olive oil that protects against heart disease?

I'm going to add lots of almonds in my almond buttered soba to make it antioxidant-rich at Sweetnicks.

A generous sprinkle of sliced almonds add a completely different dimension to the dish. It adds a very nutty-flavor and an additional depth of texture (the crunchy bite!) while you slurp on the smooth soba.

Almond buttered soba
-1 serving soba, boiled 6-8mins and set aside
-1-2tbsp almond butter (mine is from Trader Joes. Substitute with peanut butter if you wish)
-1tsp crushed ginger
-drizzle of sesame oil
-cucumber, julienned
-1 stalk green or spring onions, chopped finely (save a "pinch" for garnish)
-sliced almonds

1.In a mixing bowl, add in all ingredients except the soba and tomatoes, mix well
2.Add in soba noodles and toss well
3.If too dry, add some water (Note: you could used the water used to boil the soba)
4. Garnish with sliced almond, and spring onions

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