Soba with Grilled Asparagus and Sea Scallops with Sweet Miso Sauce
If you’re looking for something new and interesting to eat tonight, look no further than Corinne Trang’s flavor-rich dish.
-Courtesy of Noodles Every Day, by Corinne Trang
The smoky flavor of a wood charcoal fire adds complexity to this substantial meal. While the recipe calls for green asparagus, try making the dish with a colorful array of asparagus—green, white, and purple. White miso, which is called “shiro-miso” in Japanese, can be found in health food stores. Smooth rather than grainy miso is preferable for this recipe.
Makes 6 Servings
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup sake
3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/3 cup white miso
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
1/4 cup vegetable oil
10 ounces dried soba noodles
36 medium asparagus spears, coarse woody ends snapped or cut off
18 sea scallops
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 walnut halves, lightly toasted (see Note) and coarsely chopped
1. In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, sake, mirin, and rice vinegar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the white miso, ginger, and 1 tablespoon of the oil and whisk until well combined. Set the miso glaze aside.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and cook the noodles until tender yet firm, about 3 minutes. Drain, shock under cold running water, and drain again.
3. Heat a well-oiled grill pan over medium heat. Brush the asparagus and scallops with all or most of the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill the asparagus first until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes total, rolling them about to heat them evenly all around. Divide and top each noodle serving with asparagus. Grill the scallops in the same pan until cooked through and crisp on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Divide the scallops among the servings of noodles, and spoon some miso glaze over each. Serve garnished with toasted walnuts.
Note: To toast the walnut halves, put them in a dry skillet over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes, being sure to shake the pan so as not to burn the pieces. Remove from the pan and cool slightly before chopping.
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