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Zaru Soba (Japanese Cold Noodles)

Zaru Soba Recipe

Besides regular soba, you can use other Japanese noodles such as cha soba (green tea buckwheat noodles) and somen (thin wheat noodles).


  • 2 servings (about 150 grams) of soba (buckwheat noodles) may substitute with chasoba or somen
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 2 small handfuls of shredded nori (roasted seaweed)
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • 2 raw quail eggs optional
  • 2 thumb-sized wasabi

Soba Sauce (A)

  • 300 ml water
  • 2 tbsp Japanese soy or light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1/2 tsp dashi powder


  1. In a pot of boiling water, cooked soba according to timing indicated in package. Drain cooked noodles, rinse in cold running water and transfer to a bowl with ice cubes. Secure bowl with cling wrap and chill in fridge.
  2. In a small pot, bring Sauce (A) to a simmer for 1 minute. When the dipping sauce is cooled, transfer to a bottle with lid and chill in fridge.
  3. When ready to serve, divide and serve chilled noodles (topped with nori) and dipping sauce into two portions. Serve each portion with a saucer of chopped spring onions, quail egg and wasabi at the side.

Noob Cook Tips:

  1. If you prefer pre-made sauce, you can buy instant soba sauce or all-in-one soup base (can be used for tempura, vegetable stew and soup broth). Dilute sauce with appropriate amount of water as indicated on the package instructions.
  2. Use a recycled jam bottle for chilling the dipping sauce in the refrigerator.
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17 comments on “Zaru Soba (Japanese Cold Noodles)”

  1. I have been looking high and low for the mat and dish that you use to plate the soba in your photo. Can u share where you bought it pls?

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