Saturday, November 03, 2007

Thai Style Curried Tuna with Soba Noodles

You know, the right combination of ingredients can turn the most basic of things into something interesting. Take for instance the lowly can of tuna. I love tuna, and tuna salad, and tuna melts, but sometimes it’s fun to do something completely different with it. Take a little jaunt to the Asian foods section of your grocery store, or go a little farther to an Asian supermarket and you will find everything you need for this tasty variation.


1 Can tuna

1 tsp Thai Green Curry

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

2 cloves of garlic, sliced

2 limes

Kecap Manis (Dark sweet soy sauce)

Soy sauce

Coconut milk

2 packages of fresh soba noodles

In a cast iron skillet heat the sesame oil. Add the green curry and stir for a few minutes until it starts to sizzle. Drop the garlic in and stir fry until it starts to smell really good, about one minute. Add the tuna and continue to stir. Once the tuna started to brown a little bit, squeeze the juice of one lime into the pan to deglaze.

Add about 1 tbsp of the Kecap Manis and a splash of soy sauce. Stir until warm and then add 1 tbsp of the coconut milk. Into the same pan, gently add the Soba noodles and let them warm a little, as they warm they will soften and be easier to stir. I love Soba noodles, they are made from barley flour which contains 2-3 times the same protein as an equal quantity of rice and is often higher in minerals such as potassium and calcium as well.

If you want it wetter you can add more coconut milk and lime juice, curry etc. Add more of the kecap manis to sweeten if it's too spicy, less if you like a little heat. Once the noodles are warm it is ready to serve.

***Add some strips of red pepper and baby corn and sliced green onions if you'd like some vegetables in the dish just before you add the noodles.

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