Everything came together - finally, all the ingredients were available - and I was able to make this recipe!
All the ingredients but the soba noodles. Whole-wheat Linguini made an excellent substitute. Any kind of noodle could be used; it's really the sauce that has the attention here.
Scallions add just a touch of flavor without being too overpowering, as onions might be, and cucumbers add crunch. The sauce is tangy and bright, silky thanks to the tahini, and coats the noodle perfectly.
Cilantro adds the most amazing and unexpected flavor - it's essential to this dish. The vinegar in the sauce, I think, helps quell any soapy notes that cilantro can sometimes have.
Right now, nothing could be better for lunch; filling, tasty, and refreshing, satisfying and somehow quenching, this wakes you up without weighing you down.
With green tea for sipping and steamed broccoli for serving, this makes for one memorable meal.