Sourced & Seasoned: Grilled Corn, Cucumber & Peanut Soba Salad
3 cobs of corn, grilled over a gas oven flame or on the barbecue
2-3 lebanese cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
Large handful Thai or regular basil, torn
1/2 bunch of coriander, finely sliced
1/3 cup peanuts, toasted and finely chopped
200-300g soba noodles
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons white sugar
Red chilli - 1, finely chopped ± seeds depending on how spicy your chilli is
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Zest and juice of a large lime
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons tahini
Chilli oil to serve
300g extra-firm tofu
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Lime chilli dressing
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Drain the tofu, wrap in paper towels and press underneath something heavy (like a mortar and pestle or a pot with cans in it) to get as much liquid out as possible. You can skip this, just accept that the end result won’t be quite so crispy.
Shuck and corn and grill directly on the flames of a gas element or a barbecue, turning occasionally, until charred in spots and mostly cooked through.
Toast the peanuts for 10 minutes in the oven or until golden.
Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small pot, heat the rice vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat, add the finely chopped chilli, garlic, lime zest and juice and sesame oil.
Slice the cucumbers into matchsticks (as in photo). Spoon 3 tablespoons of dressing over the top, toss to coat and set aside.
Cut the tofu into cubes, season well with salt and pepper, stir through 2 teaspoons sesame oil and toss through the cornstarch to evenly coat. Spread out on a baking paper lined tray and bake for 20 -30 minutes until golden and crisp on the outside.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to the boil and cook the soba noodles according to instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool.
Cut the corn from the cobs.
Stir the 2 tablespoons of tahini into the remaining dressing.
Toss the cold noodles with the herbs, finely chopped peanuts and the tahini dressing. Add the cucumber and corn now if desired or serve separately for DIY bowls.
Serve with crispy tofu, extra chilli oil. You can also add avocado and soft-boiled eggs if desired.