Soba Noodle Chicken Salad

by Kiran on June 18, 2013 · 95 comments

in Chicken, Noodles, Salads

Hello and Happy Tuesday 🙂

Hope June is treating you well. So far, it has been pouring down rain, thunder and lightening in Orlando. Not a perfect setting for summer grilling at all. But definitely sets the mood for a bowlful of warm soba noodle chicken salad with lingering hints of spring.

Soba Noodle Chicken Salad | KiranTarun.com

I usually love hot meal or cold leafy + greens salads. The idea of noodles in a warm salad was off-putting when I first tasted it. But the longer the noodles sits into the dressing, the more flavors it develops.

So, I caved in.

And what’s not to love when lunch is just as easy as boil, drain, toss and serve?

A very tempting deal that’s almost impossible to pass up 😉

Soba Noodle Chicken Salad | KiranTarun.com

It’s usually hot meals for me, or foods has to be reheated (with the exception of cold leafy+greens salad). Unless this warm soba noodle chicken salad which is best eaten slightly warm or at room temperature.

Go ahead and have it cold — but please convince me in doing so 😉

Soba Noodle Chicken Salad | KiranTarun.com

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cooked soba noodles
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 chicken breast, cooked & cubed
  • 2/3 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/2 lbs asparagus, sliced diagonally

Garnish: toasted sesame seeds

Sriracha-ginger dressing:

  • 3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar

Directions:

  1. Cook soba noodles based on manufacturer’s directions. Drain noodles, stir in sesame oil to avoid noodles sticking and set aside.
  2. In some boiling, salted water add shelled edamame and sliced asparagus to cook for 1 minute. Drain and immediately “shock” into a bowl filled with icy cold water. Drain, pat dry and keep aside.
  3. In a huge bowl, add all ingredients for dressing. Stir to combine. Toss in warm soba noodles, cubed chicken, edamame and asparagus. Toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately topped with toasted sesame seeds.

 

Soba Noodle Chicken Salad | KiranTarun.com

Off to gobble it all up before the Husband gets to it — hot or cold, does it even matter at this point of urgency?

Have a great day, friends.

Do you love cold noodle salads? Or are you a picky eater like myself when it comes to food temperatures? 😀

 

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1 amy @ fearless homemaker June 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Oh, yum! What a fantastic, healthy lunch or light dinner. Love it!

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2 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Amy — thanks dear and yes, it’s yummy and healthy 🙂

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3 Ash- foodfashionparty@blogspot.com June 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I would dunk my noodles in Sriracha and hot for sure.
What is up with the weather right, it’s chilly here in SF too..:(
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4 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Ash — I would too! and what is up with the weather at SF??!? Mind boggling 😀

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5 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You June 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

A bowl of happiness…My chopsticks want to dig in these noodles.
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6 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Denise — aww, thanks 🙂

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7 dixya| food, pleasure, and health June 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

i dont mind noodles served any temperature. fantastic idea for soba.
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8 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Dixya — a little reheating would be required for me 😀

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9 Kari@Loaves n Dishes June 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Hot or cold either way, I love soba! Such a lovely light dish Kiran!
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10 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Kari — slightly warm for me, please? 😀

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11 Kankana June 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I would actually love some shower, it’s so dry out here at this time of the year. As for soba noodles, I love it. It’s not only easy and quick but always so healthy!

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12 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Kankana — i’ll send some your way 😉

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13 Rosa June 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

A beautiful and scrumptious salad! A great hot weather dish.

Cheers,

Rosa

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14 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Rosa — thanks my sweet friend 🙂

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15 Katerina June 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

It has been raining here also but the last 5 days the weather has stabilized and it looks and feels like summer. Although temperature has risen quite high here I would love to try this beautiful salad Kiran!
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16 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Katerina — I love love love your new profile image 🙂

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17 Mallika June 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Wow! Those Soba noodles look delicious. Minus the chicken, I could eat a bowlful of that and feel good! 🙂
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18 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Mallika — thanks and yes, minus the chicken is just as delish! perhaps adding more vegetables or tofu? 🙂

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19 Sissi June 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Kiran, it’s one of the most wonderful Japanese-inspired salads I have ever seen. I love buckwheat and soba noodles too of course and now that it’s horribly hot and moist I am starting to crave soba and even were planning to go and buy some today… I will certainly prepare your salad soon. I love all the ingredients and this lively colour is irresistible.
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20 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Sissi — awww, thanks a lot sweet friend. let me know how it tastes 🙂

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21 Mr. & Mrs. P June 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Well how adorable is that burlap storage container in the first picture… What a wonderful dish.. Sounds so light….
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22 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Mr & Mrs P — thanks, and i got it from Home Goods 🙂

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23 Karen (Back Road Journal) June 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

It has been raining here in Maine as well. Your noodle chicken salad would be a lovely meal in any weather.
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24 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Karen — totally agree. keep yourself warm 🙂

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25 Wizzy June 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Couldn’t possible have this cold but room temperature for sure for me please.
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26 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Wizzy — my exact sentiments 😉

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27 Simply Life June 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I absolutely LOVE salads with soba noodles! Thanks for the reminder!
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28 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Gina — you are welcome 🙂

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29 Coffee and Crumpets June 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I prefer hot foods because to me and I think it’s an inherent Indian thing, that dinner should always be hot! But I do like salads for dinner, especially when it’s hot and I don’t want to be in the kitchen cooking.
Love soba noodles so I would eat this hot or cold! I love the dressing…yummy sriracha!

Nazneen
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30 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Nazneen — i can’t live without sriracha 😉

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31 Grace @ Perpetual Nomming June 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I am definitely not a picky temperature person, and I love cold noodle salads! And I believe soba is gluten free, which I love hehehe yay!
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32 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Grace — i never knew soba is gluten free! i’m too excited now 😀

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33 honeywhatscooking June 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Looks so good. I don’t mind cold noodles, but if it has meat in it, I need it warmed up. I’m a bit picky. 🙂
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34 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Nisha — i’m picky too, so you are fine 😉

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35 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

I love soba noodles, what a tasty and fresh salad!
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36 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Laura — thanks love 🙂

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37 Raymund June 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Nice, simple and healthy. What more to ask for!
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38 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Raymund — thanks!

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39 Daniela @foodrecipeshq June 19, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Lovely salad, adaptable to a vegetarian version too.
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40 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Daniela — so true!

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41 Helene D'souza June 19, 2013 at 4:18 AM

I am for sure a picky eater with weather changes. I have to confess that we don’t have cold noodle salads that often but after looking at yours I am yearning for a bowl full!
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42 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Helene — go for warm, it certainly tastes so much better 🙂

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43 Kristi Rimkus June 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I love the simple ingredients in this salad. I have a bottle sriracha that I don’t use often enough. This looks like a fantastic work day lunch.
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44 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Kristi — sriracha definitely ups all the flavors 🙂

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45 Nusrat Azim June 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

One bowl is never enough when the bowl is full of joy, happiness, goodness and oomph factors 🙂

Dieting and nonsense stuff like that can wait !
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46 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Nusrat — lol, so true 😀

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47 Nik@ABrownTable June 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I love the first photograph. I’m pretty open about most foods and a chilled noodle salad is fine by me.
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48 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Nik — aww, thanks!

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49 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I love soba noodles and you really made them shine in this recipe, Kiran! This looks like a scrumptious, easy and delicious meal for the summer.
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50 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Georgia — thanks! it’s so easy and comforting 🙂

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51 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I love soba noodle salads! When they’re cold, it’s pretty much the perfect summertime lunch. 🙂
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52 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Kiersten — wish i love it, cold. it has to be slightly warm or room temp for me 😉

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53 Amy Tong June 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

You’ve got my 2 favorite dishes into one. Soba noodle and chicken salad! What a great creation and I love how simple it is to prepare. I make pasta salad all the time but I like it slight warm or at room temperature as well, not cold for sure. I don’t like how the noodle/pasta turn starchy after it’s chilled. 😛 Good to know, I’m not the only one who’s fuzzy about food temperature! hahaha…
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54 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Amy — lol, and i’m good to know too 😉

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55 Radhika Vasanth June 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I have never found a right recipe to buy soba noodles. This salad sounds so light and yumm that I am adding it to my shopping list.
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56 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Radhika — yay! and i hope you’ll enjoy it! let me know how it tastes 🙂

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57 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today June 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

It sounds so healthy. I love this kind of food especially during the hot days. It’s 32*C and this dish would be perfect.
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58 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Marta — and so light too! i love Asian salads for the light dressing option 🙂

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59 Juliana June 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Beautiful recipe Kiran, this soba looks so tasty and refreshing at the same time. The dressing sounds delicious.
Hope you are having a fantastic week my dear 😀
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60 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Juliana — thanks my sweet friend 🙂

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61 john@kitchenriffs June 19, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Great dish! Flavorful and easy – perfect for summer. We used to live in Tampa, so I remember those summer thunderstorms well. But they pass through quickly, thank goodness. Anyway, good stuff – thanks.
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62 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:33 PM

John — thanks! and yes, Florida is quite dramatic this time of the year till the hurricane season.

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63 Amrita @ Asian SlowCooking June 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

You are absolutely right Kiran! I too love to eat a hot plate of noodles and watch some Mystery Movie when it is pouring heavily.
Thanks for your post. Enjoy the rain!
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64 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Amrita — glad we share similar sentiments on a rainy day 🙂

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65 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker June 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

This looks wonderful Kiran. Perfect meal on those summer days/nights when you don’t want to put too much heat in the house. I love soba noodles so I know I’ll love this. Pinning!
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66 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Anne — thanks for the pin my dear 🙂

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67 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com June 20, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Beautiful lunch: lots of veggies, so green and refreshing! And love the photo of the asparagus bunch – so pretty! Pinned!
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68 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Julia — thanks my sweet friend 🙂

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69 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 20, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Yum! I love sesame oil and chicken with my noodle salads. This looks simple and delicious at the same time! 😀
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70 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Lorraine — thank you! 🙂

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71 Elvira June 20, 2013 at 5:22 AM

How nice to have found you! Love your recipes and the pictures are lovely.

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72 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Elvira — aww, thank you so so much 🙂

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73 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 20, 2013 at 5:25 AM

A fantastic soba salad! It has all my favourite elements. Have to get some edamame beans!
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74 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Angie — yes, you need too 🙂

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75 Ina gawne June 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Yummm looks delicious! I would have this for breakfast!
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76 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Ina — me too 🙂

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77 Ansh | Spiceroots June 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Delicious photos! And I love soba. Hot! Just hot noodles for me.
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78 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Ansh — thanks and yes, me too 🙂

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79 Caroline Taylor June 21, 2013 at 6:10 AM

This looks so fresh and vibrant, hope the weather cheers up for you soon!

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80 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Caroline — thanks! it’s pretty much stormy and cloudy every single day. not too shabby 🙂

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81 My Kitchen Stories June 21, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Looks delicious, hope the sun comes out soon
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82 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Tania — thanks 🙂

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83 Shumaila June 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Sesame seeds and oil give such a wonderful taste to noodle based dishes. SO this sounds wonderful to me. I do not mind cold pasta salads, not had much experience in cold noodle salads though so cant say whether I would love it or give it a pass. But noodles- hot or cold, I love them any which way. So I think I can safely conclude that I would like it.
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84 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Shumaila — sesame surely adds so much authenticity to tons of Asian cooking 🙂

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85 Asmita June 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Yummy!
Light, healthy and a fantastic salad!
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86 Kiran June 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Asmita — thanks my dear 🙂

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87 Cass @foodmyfriend June 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM

I love soba noodles.. and udon 🙂 Such cold weather here in Sydney. These would go down a treat!
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88 Kiran June 26, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Cass — keep yourself warm 🙂

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89 Shema George June 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Kiran, I love soba…this recipe looks yum! Loved the asparagus click – very beautiful!
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90 Kiran June 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Shema — thank you so much my dear 🙂

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91 Sophie33 June 26, 2013 at 4:58 AM

I made your tasty dinner yesterday & both my husband & I loved it immensely! MMMMMMMM again!
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92 Kiran June 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Sophie — yay! thanks for reporting it to me 🙂

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93 Lail | With A Spin July 1, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Hot or cold, either way, I love soba. Great recipe. A keeper for sure.
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94 Kiran July 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Lail — thank you 🙂

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