Green Tea Soba with Eric Gower

Here’s one of our favorites from Eric Gower, aka The Breakaway Cook, a San Anselmo chef and two-time presenter at Fresh Starts Chef Events. Check out all his ideas at

Eric Gower at Fresh Starts Chef Events

Eric Gower at Fresh Starts Chef Events

Green Tea Soba with Edamame and Vegetables  –  Serves 4

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup cooked edamame
1 cup thinly sliced cauliflower florets
1 cup thinly sliced sweet peppers (several colors are nice)
½ cup roughly chopped shallots (or red onion)
1 tablespoon ground dried tomato
6 ounces (or so) green tea soba (cha soba, or matcha soba – found at Asian markets)
¼ cup (or more if you like) pickled ginger
Chopped sea salt
Freshly ground black peppercorns
Drizzle of apple (or other) vinegar
Several tablespoons roughly chopped Thai basil (or other herb)

1. Set a large pot of water to boil.
2. In a wok or large sauté pan, heat up the oil and butter over high heat, and then add the edamame, cauliflower, peppers, shallots, and dried tomato. Sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring and shaking often, or until everything gets soft and starts to lightly brown.
3. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the soba noodles and cook until soft but not TOO soft, usually about 3 or 4 minutes. Don’t overcook.
4. Drain, rinse with cold water (don’t skip this important step–they get starchy and gummy if unrinsed) and drain again. Add to the vegetables, and very gently mix. Season generously with salt and pepper.
5. Add the pickled ginger and vinegar. Taste, and adjust for salt.

To serve: Set on warmed plates and top with the Thai basil.



About Fresh Starts Chef Events

Fresh Starts Chef Events offers a parade of presentations by celebrity chefs, cookbook authors and artisan producers in The Key Room. Visit the online calendar at for upcoming events. Our list of presenters includes luminaries from the worlds of food, wine and restaurants who share stories, demonstrate techniques and offer tips on making the most of our local bounty. You can register online for upcoming classes or call us for more details at 415-382-3363 x243. Proceeds from our events support shelter and job-training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin; learn more at and
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