5 Types of Soba Noodles Recipes

That you are here means you already appreciate the health benefits of soba noodles. Now it is time to make your healthy noodle alternative a tasty one. The following are five simple soba noodle recipes:

Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce

Cold soba noodles with dipping sauce

In Japan, summers can get extremely hot and humid. That is the main reason they have a variety of cold dishes, including cold soba noodles.

The process here is simple. You boil the noodles, run them through cold water, and serve with a dipping sauce siding.

Serve cold noodles in small bundles to allow easy pickup with chopsticks. 

Now dip the cold noodles in a proper sauce (soba tsuyu), and your dinner becomes nothing but refreshing. You will find quality tsuyu in many Asian grocery stores.

Soba Noodle Soup with Mushrooms and Snow Peas


Soba noodle soup

In this noodle dish, we have soba noodles swimming in a vegetable broth. You can spice the mushroom and snow peas broth with ginger. Also, you can add some protein in there through diced chicken. If you are vegan, use tofu instead of chicken.

Cook the noodles according to the instructions given on the packaging. You can sprinkle some scallions on the noodles before setting aside.

As for the broth, add scallions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vegetable bullion in water in a soup pot. Simmer for about three minutes before adding the mushrooms, and tofu (or diced chicken). Continue cooking until the tofu (or chicken) is ready. To maintain the color of snow peas and its crispy taste, add it to the broth after taking it off the heat and pack it in a japanese bento box

Winter Soba Noodles

Winter soba noodles

This dish is a form of noodle soup. However, this one uses dashi, a Japanese soup that can be tricky to prepare. 

 For the dashi, you’ll need ginger finger, konbu, and bonito flakes. You start by putting ginger and konbu in a pot of water. Heat until the water starts forming bubbles at the edges. Turn off the heat and let the pot sit idle for 10 minutes. 

After the 10 minutes, remove the konbu. Turn the heat back on until water starts forming bubbles at the edges again. Add bonito flakes and leave it there (without turning on the heat) for 10 minutes.  After this period, strain the soup into a bowl and discard everything else that remains in the pot. 

Now cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packaging. After draining, run them under cold water.

Add vinegar to water in a clean pot. Put the mixture on medium heat.

Meanwhile, put the dashi in a saucepan and add soy, mirin, leeks, shiitakes, leeks, and sugar. After the broth boils, reduce the heat to medium.

After the vinegar-water mixture comes to a boil, slip in cracked eggs and reduce the heat. 

Divide the noodles into the number of bowls needed. Pour in the now ready broth into each bowl. Then add a poached egg to each bowl. You can garnish with toasted sesame, furikake seasoning, and green onions.

Chicken Yakisoba

Chicken yakisoba

This dish is a spicy sauce of soba noodles, cabbage, and chicken. Thinly slice the cabbage and use bite-size cut boneless skinless chicken breast.

Other ingredients you’ll need canola oil, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, chile paste, onions, carrots, and salt.

Put a skillet with canola and sesame oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, cook and stir chicken and garlic. Once the contents are fragrant add chile paste and continue cooking until the pieces of chicken turn brown. Add soy sauce and simmer for about 2 minutes. Set the chicken aside.

Using canola oil, cook cabbage in a skillet until it wilts. The ingredients to put in the cabbage are onions, carrots, and salt.

Add the chicken to the cabbage and stir. Then add noodles and continue cooking until the chicken fully cooked and the noodles are hot. Season the dish with pickled ginger as you serve.

Rapini Vegan Soba Noodle

Rapini vegan soba noodle

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Go all-out vegetarian with a bowl of rapini noodles. Just two bunches of rapini will be enough for one pack of noodles. Other ingredients to make this a tasty affair include thinly sliced green onions, garlic, sodium tamari, sea salt, sesame seeds, lime, mirin, red pepper flakes, and ginger.

The first step is to cook the soba noodles well – follow the package instructions. Do not forget to rinse and drain the noodles immediately.

Next step is cooking the rapini. Wash the rapini before chopping it into one-inch-sized pieces. In a large frying pan, fry onions, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in sesame oil. Add salt to your liking as you fry these spices. After about three minutes, or after the ingredients have softened to your liking, add the rapini. Similarly, cook the rapini until softened to your liking.

Mix a combination of tamari, mirin, and crushed garlic in a small bowl. Then add the noodles and tamari mixture to the cooking rapini and cook for one more minute. As you serve, garnish with sesame seeds and lime.

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