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Curry-Scented Soy Curls with Sesame-Cinnamon Dressing

CURRY-SCENTED SOY CURLS WITH SESAME-CINNAMON DRESSING


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Ingredients

to reconstitute the soy curls

for the marinade

  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 24 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
  • 1 TB toasted sesame oil
  • 2 TB soy sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp to 1 TB sriracha, depending on your heat preference (can also be omitted altogether if you don’t like spicy)

for the sesame-cinnamon dressing

  • 2 tsp peanut or canola oil
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 TB toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 TB peanut butter
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 1 TB raw agave syrup
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

to serve

  • 2 bundles of soba noodles
  • 1 large carrot, peeled with a Y peeler to create thin ribbons
  • handful of unsalted peanuts
  • 23 scallions, chopped (green tips only)
  • cilantro
  • sesame seeds

Instructions

To reconstitute the soy curls

  1. Bring the broth to a low boil. Add in the soy curls and allow to come to a boil again. Cover with a lid, then turn off the heat. Allow it to sit on the burner for 10-15 minutes to reconstitute.

To make the marinade

  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients into a shallow, wide dish (I used a large rectangular Pyrex casserole dish).
  2. Once the soy curls are soft, drain them by pouring them into a large, fine-mesh sieve, gently pressing on the top to remove as much moisture as possible. Cut any large pieces into smaller pieces to make them all similar sized. Toss them in the marinade and allow them to absorb most of the liquid while you make your sesame-cinnamon dressing.

To make the sesame-cinnamon dressing

  1. Place the oil and ginger into a small saucepan over low heat. Allow to soften for a few minutes, taking care not to let them brown. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and stir until smooth. Allow to simmer for a few minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator to cool.

To bake the soy curls

  1. Preheat your oven to 350, and line a baking sheet with a silpat. Transfer the marinated soy curls onto the silpat and bake for 20 minutes, stirring them around once during bake time. Increase the heat to 400, and bake for 20-25 minutes more, stirring once or twice to prevent burning. (During the last 10 minutes of the bake time, I removed the silpat and transferred the soy curls directly onto the baking sheet to finish, as some of the marinade itself began to scorch a bit on the silpat.) Allow to cool completely before using.

To assemble the dish

  1. Boil the soba noodles according to the package directions, then run under cold water and drain. Toss them with the carrot ribbons and soy curls, then drizzle with the cooled sauce, tossing again to coat. Garnish with the peanuts, chopped scallion tips, cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator to chill until ready to use.