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Poached Tomato with Zucchini 'Soba'

Poached tomato served chilled with noodles made from zucchini makes for a refreshing summer appetizer. Vegan, gluten free and delicious.
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Experimental, Japanese
Level Intermediate
Main Ingredient Vegetable
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Fat, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 day
Servings 6
Calories 35kcal


for poached tomato

  • 6 tomatoes very small (about 1.5" in diameter) ripe but firm
  • 2 cups water cold
  • 2 pieces dashi kombu
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

for sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce (use gluten-free if you want to make this gluten-free)

for zucchini noodles

  • 2 medium zucchini (or other summer squash without many seeds)
  • 1 kaffir lime leaves (rolled and sliced into thin ribbons)


  • Add the water, kombu and salt to a bowl and let it soak overnight.
  • Find a pot that's just big enough to hold the tomatoes in one layer, but don't put the tomatoes in yet. Discard the kombu and add the liquid into the pot and bring to a boil. Dunk the tomatoes in for a few seconds making sure to roll them around a few times. This loosens the skin and makes it very easy to peel the tomatoes. Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of cold water and peel each tomato.
  • When all the tomatoes are peeled, bring the pot of stock back up to a boil, then turn off the heat. Put the peeled tomatoes in the pot and cover with a lid. The tomatoes will gently poach in the liquid as it comes back down to room temperature. When it reaches room temperature, gently transfer the tomatoes to a container and pour the stock over them. Seal and refrigerate overnight to allow the tomatoes to absorb the flavor from the broth.
  • The next day, drain off 1 C of the poaching liquid from the tomatoes and pass it through a tea strainer into a small saucepan. Whisk in the cornstarch and soy sauce then bring to a boil. The sauce should become clear and thicken just a little (it will still be very loose). Put the pot in a water bath to bring the sauce back to room temperature then put it in the freezer to chill.
  • For the zucchini, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Cut the top and bottom off of the zucchini then slice it lengthwise down the middle. Use a spoon to scrape any seeds out. Use a mandoline or a sharp knife to slice the zucchini into long noodles. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. When the pot of salted water reaches a rolling boil, add the zucchini and stir for a few seconds. The zucchini should be wilted but slightly crunchy still. Drain the "noodles", and dump them into the ice bath. Squeeze some of the excess water out of the noodles with your hands and transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate to chill.
  • To serve, just lay down a nest of zucchini noodles in a decorative bowl and top with 1 poached tomato. Drizzle on sauce and sprinkle a few threads of kaffir lime leaf on top.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1207mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1155IU | Vitamin C: 28.5mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.6mg