Monday, 3 March 2014

Soba Noodles with Fried Tofu, Eggplant and Mango

Let's play a game of Yotam says.

Yotam says: Make a dressing.
Yotam says: Boil some noodles.
Yotam says: Put mangoes with your eggplant and noodles.

And if Yotam says it, you better do it. Because if Yotam says it, you know it's going to be delicious.

Soba Noodles with Fried Tofu, Eggplant and Mango
slightly adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty
Serves 6

For the Dressing:
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 long red chilli, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sesame oil
grated zest and juice of 1 lime

For the Noodles:
1 cup sunflower oil
300g firm tofu, cut into small cubes
1 large eggplant, cut into small cubes
250g soba noodles
2 large mangoes, thinly sliced
1 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup coriander leaves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced

Put all the dressing ingredients except the lime juice and zest,  into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the lime juice and zest. Set aside to cool.

Heat the sunflower oil and fry the tofu in 2 or 3 batches until golden. Remove from the oil, drain and set aside.

In the same oil, fry the eggplant in 2 or 3 batches until softened and golden. Remove from the oil, drain and set aside.

Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drain and spread out onto a tray lined with kitchen paper to dry.

Put the dressing into a large serving bowl. Add the noodles and toss to coat with the dressing. Add the tofu, eggplant, sliced mango, onion and herbs. Gently toss again. Leave for up to 2 hours before serving for the flavours to develop.


  1. A much more delicious version of Simon Says for sure. And Yotam will never leave you hungry.
    Also, love the bowls.

    1. Thanks Amy. I do so love a pretty bowl. My house is full of them. I'd rather go shopping for bowls than handbags. That's normal, right?

  2. TRUTH. Yotam has never led me astray. This looks so good, Jen!

    1. Me neither Marie. I would never have thought of putting mangoes in a dish like this, but of Yotam says so, I just do it.

  3. I love Yotam.. I'd do just about anything he says to do! This is gorgeous.

    1. Thanks Maria. When it comes to Yotam, I'm like "whatever you say".

  4. I got a reply on twitter from Yotam the other day. I almost jumped out of my skin, he's one of my absolute foodie heroes (Aaron thinks I'm weird. But hey, he has Kate Beckinsale and I have Yotam Ottolenghi. That's fair, right?!). I would totally make this, without a singular doubt about the mango noodle combination. Just because Yotam says, and Jen does. That's a double seal of endorsement for me!

    1. OMG, a twitter reply from Yotam is practically a relationship. I have serious twitter envy. Clint just rolls his eyes over my foodie crushes.