Sesame Tofu on Soba Noodles

This is a request from my sister. It is from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook. I have never made this recipe put she swears it is delicious.

Marinade
2 tsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. black bean sauce
1 Tbsp. tamari sauce
1 Tbsp. water
1 lb. firm tofu, rinsed, drained and cut into approximately 2×4-inch strips

Mix all ingredients together in a shallow glass baking dish. Add tofu, make sure the marinade covers all the pieces and refrigerate.

Ingredients for Tofu:
6 quarts water
8 oz. dry soba noodles
2 cups arugula, rinsed and well drained
1 cup green onions, trimmed
1 cup red bell pepper, sliced thinly
2 Tbsp. black bean sauce
3 Tbsp. sesame seeds (mixed black & white)
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 rice wine
2 Tbsp. tamari

In a large pot cook the soba noodles in the water until slightly firm. Drain & rinse.

Remove tofu from marinade and blot on paper towels. Add the marinade to the soba noodles. Add arugula, green onions, red pepper and black bean sauce to the noodles.

Spread the sesame seeds on a plate. Roll the tofu slices in the sesame seeds. In a nonstick pan, add 1 tsp. roasted sesame oil and fry or grill tofu slices until sesame seeds turn golden brown. Remove from pan.

In a small bowl combine rice wine, 1 tsp. roasted sesame oil and tamari. Whisk and turn into pan and warm gently. When heated add soba noodles. Toss well.

Serve tofu alongside noodles. Serves 4.

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