As this New Year begins, I reflect on the goals I hope to accomplish this year. The certain milestones I should aim for. And improvements and lessons learned from wrong turns and experiences.

I plan on renewing my imagination.

Develop a stronger focus.

Reveal a better me, a stronger me, a wiser me.


I want to make cooking easier.

Less daunting.


Because being connected to our food, makes us feel alive.

It allows us to take some time out of our day to enjoy the simpler joys in life.

So let’s start this year together.

Let’s get back into the kitchen and start with the basics.

Honor ourselves with consciousness and respect.

These soba noodles should do the trick. Buckwheat noodles, fried egg, crunchy carrots and toasted sesame seeds — what’s not to like?


Try it a few times and you’ll find your rhythm and before you know it, a healthful, soulful dinner awaits you in just a blink of an eye…


Eat well. Eat consciously. Eat to nourish.


Let’s make 2012 a fabulous year together, shall we?


Soba Noodles with Fried Egg
Recipe type: Main
Author: Joy Zhang
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 2
Buckwheat Noodles tossed in a Soy Lime Sesame dressing with Crunchy Carrots and Fresh Herbs.
  • Handful of buckwheat soba noodles
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • small handful of cilantro, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 tip of a green onion, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 eggs
  1. In a medium pot fill with water and bring to boil. Drop noodles in and cook for 4 minutes at medium heat at a gentle boil.
  2. Rinse carrots and herbs and pat dry. Shred carrot and set aside. Finely chop cilantro and green onion and mix with shredded carrots.
  3. Test to see if noodles are semi firm, if so turn heat off immediately. Allow pasta to further cook in the hot water for an additional 2 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the dressing.
  4. In a bowl combine lime juice, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Whisk well and set aside.
  5. Test noodles for preferred firmness/softness and strain. Return noodles to pot and mix in carrots, herbs and dressing.
  6. —-
  7. In a medium pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Crack egg(s) carefully into pan and fry until edges are browned and whites are set (sunny side up). Flip over and cook for about 1 minute for over easy, ~ 2 minutes for over medium, ~3 minutes for over hard.
  8. To serve: Place noodles in a bowl and top with fried eggs. Feel free to add a dash of chile powder or chile sauce for an extra punch!


On a side note, I received an unexpected surprise.  As I was reading Food & Wine’s Top Chef Magazine I found one of my photos I took of Tre Wilcox in there for the Restaurant Wars article!  Can anyone find something funny about the photo?


Winner gets a prize :)


  1. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen says: 9 Jan ’12 • 07:11:39

    Such a comforting simple recipe. I know I would love it. Also LOVE the egg animation. Great work!


  2. Rosa says: 9 Jan ’12 • 09:33:52

    Lovely clicks and great dish! I love soba noodles and always make sure to have a packet on stock.




  3. Soma says: 9 Jan ’12 • 14:51:34

    my kind of meal, quick fulfilling and full of flavors. Can’t say enough about your photographs!


  4. Isabelle @ Crumb says: 9 Jan ’12 • 16:35:35

    Gorgeous AND healthy. Love it. I’ve got a package of soba noodles in my pantry that is just begging to be made into this dish!
    PS – Nice to see F&W gave credit where credit is due… now if only they’d actually gotten your name right. :)


  5. [email protected] says: 9 Jan ’12 • 17:59:57

    WOW!! First of, love your resolutions! And I don’t even know where to start with this dish! It is totally calling my name!


  6. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says: 10 Jan ’12 • 10:16:10

    Love the animated gif and that wonderful background with such great character.


  7. Mrs Ergül says: 12 Jan ’12 • 01:40:25

    What stunning photo of the broken egg!


  8. Rochelle (@Acquired Life) says: 12 Jan ’12 • 22:24:47

    Beautiful photos. I now want to play with eggs and gif images :D . I also want soba noodles.


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