Soba Noodles for Calming Inflamed Skin

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    We all know the feeling of acne coming on — the tight feeling underneath the skin, the slight itchiness and tenderness, then the redness and pressure. Any time I start to sense my skin getting inflamed like this, I make this quick noodle soup in 20 mins to start healing it even before the skincare products.

    This is also a perfect quick weeknight dinner that requires minimal pots and cleanup!


    • 1/4 cup kabocha squash, thinly sliced

    • 4-5 pieces of daikon, sliced into 1 inch pieces

    • Palm sized dried seaweed aka Kombu

    • 4-5 slices of silken tofu

    • 3 tsps dashi concentrate

    • 1.5 cups water

    • 1 bunch of soba noodles

    • Garnish with kimchi, kumquats, and the tiniest bit of chili flakes for light flavor (or omit if you can since spice can make inflammation worse)


    • Add 1.5 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil

    • Drop in the dried seaweed, daikon, and kabocha squash, then let that cook for 5 mins or until the veggies become soft enough to be pierced with a chopstick

    • Remove the seaweed, then add in silken tofu and the dashi concentrate

    • Let the tofu cook for another 5 mins, then add in soba and cook for 5 mins or according to the time on the package instructions

    • Serve with kimchi, kumquats, and the lightest dusting to chili flakes