Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce

For those of you who don’t know, one of the main reasons why I decided to start this blog was to keep a running collection of recipes that we’ve tried over the years, capturing the ones we enjoyed the most. Instead of making adjustments to recipes and then not remembering what we did to alter it, it was just so much easier to document it online so that we don’t lose our notes considering how unorganized we are. It also makes looking up a recipe much easier because we tend to make things we like over and over again.

As people who love to cook and bake, we thought this would be a great project for us. Plus, it made sharing recipes with family and friends so much easier. We have decided to try and take this project to the next level with the goal to produce a cookbook within the next year. We aren’t really planning to sell the cookbook, it’s more so something we can see as an accomplishment for ourselves. But who knows, maybe it can one day make it to the bookshelf 🙂

The hardest part was thinking about what the theme of our cookbook would be – considering how much we love Japanese food, it made sense that our first cookbook would be about Japanese cooking. We already have quite a bunch of Japanese recipes on our blog such as Agedashi Tofu, Miso Cod, Ochazuke, and Japanese Strawberry Shortcake just to name a few but it’s time to build on it even more. Stay tuned because you will see lots of Japanese recipes coming up on this blog 🙂

I decided to take the day off today to start working on some recipes and update our blog. The easiest dish that I could think of making was Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce.

Cold soba noodle is a very popular dish in Japan, especially during the summer months when you want something to cool you down. Typically it is served with Mentsuyu sauce which is a multipurpose sauce used in Japanese cooking. It is often served with noodles and tempura dishes just to name a few. Best of all, this sauce can be made in advance and be stored in the fridge for up to a month. This means the next time you’re hungry for some cold soba noodles, all you need to do is boil the noodles which would take no time at all!

How to eat Cold Soba Noodles

  1. Have a small bowl of mentsuyu sauce ready – this is where the cold noodles will be dipped. Some may find this sauce too salty – if that is the case, you may dilute it a little bit with some water.
  2. Add additional condiments/garnish to your sauce if you prefer such as green onion, wasabi, or grated ginger. This is totally optional.
  3. Take your cold soba noodle and quickly dip it into the mentsuyu sauce. I like to garnish my soba noodles with some shredded toasted nori because it enhances the flavour of the dish 🙂
  4. Slurp and enjoy.

Try it yourself!

Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce

Yield: 1 person

Cold Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 90g soba (buckwheat) noodles (1 person serving)
    Mentsuyu sauce (This will be enough sauce for at least 4 people)
  • 1 1/4cup dashi
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup bonito flakes

Instructions

  1. Boil soba noodles according to package instructions. Once ready, drain and cool in ice water.
  2. To make the noodle dipping sauce, combine all ingredients except the bonito flakes and bring to a boil under medium high heat.
  3. Once the sauce starts to boil, remove immediately from the heat and throw in the bonito flakes. We used leftover bonito flakes from when we made the dashi but you can use fresh ones too. Let soak for about 15 seconds. Drain and allow to cool.
  4. Serve with your preferred condiments
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