Cold Somen Noodles with Dipping Sauce

Cold Somen Noodles with Dipping Sauce
  • Yield:4
  • Active time:30 minutes
  • Total time:30 minutes
  • Rated: 5.0
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Seriously Asian: Cold Somen Noodles


  • 8 ounces dried somen
  • For the dipping sauce:
  • 7 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cups dashi
  • 1/2 cup bonito flakes


  1. 1.

    To make the dipping sauce, heat the soy sauce and sugar in a pot over low heat until the mixture is hot and the sugar is dissolved. Add the dashi and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the bonito flakes and turn off the heat. Strain the mixture through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Let the sauce cool, then refrigerate it. The sauce can be kept in a container for 4 days in the refrigerator. .

  2. 2.

    Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the somen noodles and cook until the noodles are still firm in the center, about one minute. Pour the noodles into a colander and rinse under cold running water, then place the noodles into a bowl of ice water for up to an hour.

  3. 3.

    To serve, mound the noodles over a bowl of ice and dip in the dipping sauce before eating. Serve with your choice of sides and garnishes.

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