Until last week, I had never really encountered black garlic. I may have eaten it unknowingly on a tasting menu somewhere, but it had never stood out. That was until my baby sister sent me a facebook message that said “OMG. Trader Joe’s has black garlic, what do I do with it?”
I immediately assured her that her black garlic spotting was probably a regional treat (she lives in Washington state) but I was intrigued. She assured me it would be there, in the “New Items” section. Duh, this aint my first rodeo.
So I found myself at the Chelsea Trader Joe’s and lo and behold, next to the gingerbread hot chocolate mix, was a small black zipper pouch of black garlic for $2.99. God I love Trader Joe’s. My black garlic package has sat on the pantry shelf for two weeks now just begging to be used.
Black garlic is essentially fermented or rotten garlic. Despite it’s scary dark appearance, the flavor is sweeter than regular garlic and the texture is mushy. Hell, I spread some black garlic over brie cheese on a ritz cracker and it was definitely delicious. Oh…and torched it so I wouldn’t have to turn on my oven. This would be OTHER WORLDY if you used a slice of baguette and a toaster oven.
Black Garlic Soba Noodles
You will need:
1 portion green tea soba noodles (regular soba will work, or even somen)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 cloves black garlic
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chopped scallions
1. Bring 5 cups of water to boil in a medium-sized pot. Add the soba noodles and cook for 6 minutes. Drain immediately and set aside.
2. In a small non-stick pan, heat the sesame oil over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Add the two cloves of black garlic and immediately mush the black garlic into the oil with a wooden spoon until it forms a sort of lumpy paste. Add the soy sauce and the noodles and cook for 3 minutes.
3. Garnish with scallions and serve.