My Mom, who embraced the philosophy of Buddhism, had a dream of building a house right behind a Buddhist temple to host and feed homeless senior citizens. Sadly, she passed away before making her dream come true. This year, Mother’s Day and Buddha‘s Birthday are only two days apart. In Korea, I used to give my Mom one of her favorite flowers, pink carnation, on Mother’s Day. On Buddha’s Birthday, I loved visiting Korean Buddhist temples, which were decorated with beautiful lotus lanterns and gave free meals to all visitors. To celebrate the special days of two of the most influential people that I was lucky to have in my life, I’m making a delicious vegan dish, which I know both my Mom and the Buddhist monks would enjoy.
First, I soak 1 cup of dry soybeans in water overnight and boil them in fresh water for 15 minutes. Then, I remove the skins by scrubbing them off in cold water. Subsequently, I place the skinless cooked soybeans in a food processor and grind them with 3 tablespoons mixed roasted nuts (almond, cashews & peanuts), 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon sea salt and 4 cups water. Then I let the sediment to sink on the bottom and scoop out white creamy nut sauce. Separately, I cook 7 oz soba (buckwheat noodles) in boiling water and rinse them in cold water. Finally, I put the noodles in a bowl and pour some white creamy nut sauce with wasabi. Before serving, I garnish with red pepper and cucumber (cut in julienne styles) and toasted sesame seeds.
If anybody thinks vegan foods lack “taste” compared to meat, fish, poultry & dairy, this dish would make you change your mind. It’s packed with delicious nut flavors which would make your tastebuds go “nuts”. Soba noodles, which taste slightly sweet and nutty on their own, become nuttier and richer when accompanied by this delicious creamy white nut sauce. And, the juicy cucumbers, sweet, crunchy red peppers & toasted sesame seeds add such interesting texture and flavors to this interesting noodle dish. What a great dish to have with Moms on a balmy Spring day!
I wish all Moms in the world very happy Mother’s Day! Moms are BEST! Happy cooking.