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sesame noodles with kohlrabi

Spicy Sesame Soba with Kohlrabi

A flavorful sauce and crunchy kohlrabi set this cold noodle salad apart from the crowd.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2


for the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sukang pinakurat spiced coconut (tuba) vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 inch knob ginger, grated

for the noodles:

  • 1 bunch scallions, whites and greens chopped
  • 2 100 g bundles soba noodles
  • 3 kohlrabi with greens peeled and chopped (ribs removed if tough)


  • sesame seeds
  • additional sliced scallions


  • In a medium skillet, heat some oil. Saute the greens and bulbs until the greens wilt and soften and the bulbs are fork-tender. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to package instructions. Rinse in cold water until cool. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients.
  • Place the cooled kohlrabi and noodles in a large bowl drizzle with sauce. Use tongs to toss the mixture until the sauce is evenly distributed. Divide into 2 bowls and serve.


  • Recipe can be easily doubled. 
  • If you can't find sukang pinakurat (spiced coconut tuba vinegar), try some rice vinegar instead. I used Datu Puti Pinoy Spice (Tuba) Vinegar
  • Soba noodles are often sold in 800 g bags with 8 individual, tied bundles of noodles inside. Each bundle is a serving. 
  • Used a ginger grater to grate both the fresh ginger and garlic for the best results.
  • I love kohlrabi in this but spinach, zucchini, and/or cucumber would also probably be good. 
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