Classic Cold Soba

Classic Cold Soba

About This Recipe

Active time:20 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Special equipment:saucepan, colander
This recipe appears in: Seriously Asian: Soba


  • 1 1/2 cups dashi
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 ounces dried or fresh soba
  • Accompaniments for the soba:
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi, or to taste
  • 3 ounces peeled and finely grated daikon
  • 2 trimmed and finely chopped green onions
  • 1 large sheet nori, cut into thin strips


  1. 1

    Bring dashi, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar to gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  2. 2

    Set out 4 serving plates. Divide equally among plates: dab of wasabi, grated daikon, and scallions.

  3. 3

    In the meantime, bring 2-quart pot of water to boil over high heat and add soba. Return water to boil and cook the noodles until tender but firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Have ready a large bowl or pot ready with ice water. Use strainer to remove soba from pot. Place soba into ice water and chill until noodles are cold. Drain noodles.

  4. 4

    Make mound with noodles on each plate. Pour dipping sauce into individual little bowls to serve alongside noodles.

  5. 5

    To eat, stir some daikon, wasabi, and green onion into dipping sauce. Take some noodles with chopsticks and dip.


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