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Zaru Soba (Japanese Cold Noodles)

Zaru Soba (笊蕎麦) is Japanese chilled buckwheat noodles (soba) served with a soy-based dipping sauce. They are usually served in a basket or a bamboo mat (zaru). The chilled noodles are refreshing and perfect for summer. They go well with any side dishes or finger foods.

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I love to cook cold noodles at home on busy days because both the sauce and noodles can be prepared in minutes and in advance. This is a truly fuss-free and healthy (oil-free) dish. Many people buy instant soba dipping sauce from the supermarkets and there is nothing wrong with them. In fact they are a great convenience (just need to dilute the concentrated sauce with water). But if you want to make your own sauce, the good news is that it’s super easy. If you are already cooking Japanese food, you probably already own all the ingredients for the dipping sauce in your pantry. So you no longer need a bottle of sauce hoarding the fridge for every special dish, just make this soba sauce using existing ingredients every time you wish to make this cold noodles.

Zaru Soba

17 comments on “Zaru Soba (Japanese Cold Noodles)”

  1. This is sooo beautiful! Fantastic arrangement too and I wanted to say I love your new site design and the fact we can directly print recipes now! :) (or maybe you always had this feature but I didn’t notice it?) Anyway, keep up the great work wiffy!

  2. I love soba noodles but had never tried it with ice. It’s almost always cold here. I think I’ll go for the hot ones :D

  3. Weather is so hot… I would like to have cold soba too. Which brand of soba did u buy? There are so many brands to choose from. Tks.

  4. I loved this too, simple and yet delicious.

  5. Wiffy, in step 1, do u mean you soak the cooked noodles in a bowl of ice cubes? Won’t the soba get soggy?

    • Hi Michelle, just put the drained noodles with the ice cubes like the 4th photo on page 2. The ice cubes melt very slowly because you are putting the noodles in the fridge, they won’t become soggy.

  6. It’s a quick and easy meal for sure! Esp for those HOT weather, t his is perfect!

  7. I enjoy Zaru Soba too but I seldom cook Japanese food at home ( I don’t even have mirin or dashi powder to start with).

  8. This looks amazing!!!

    Great presentation! It must taste really good too ^^

    My husband and I are leaving for Japan next week, and one of the dishes on our “MUST-EAT” list is zarusoba ^^

  9. I love the presentation. I can’t wait to try this on a hot summer day

  10. Nice presentation, and thanks for dipping sauce recipe. My store bought sauce is finishing soon, and I was searching for the recipe. Any idea how long can the sauce be kept? 1 to 2 weeks?
    Btw, the soba from Daiso is not bad. Can try :)

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