Soba noodles chirashi

Soba noodles chirashi

When I think about soba noodles, the first thing that comes to mind are the words “onaka ni yasashii – お腹にやさしい” which literally translates to “friendly to the stomach”. Soba noodles are my favorite kind of Japanese noodles (I’m a huge fan of anything made with buckwheat) because of their texture, and also because I always feel so good after eating them. Buckwheat noodles are full of high-quality protein, they’re also potent in B vitamins (which lowers blood pressure and cholesterol), they cleanse the body’s digestive tract (hence ‘friendly to the stomach’), and can help guard against diabetes (as it helps balance insulin levels).

Yeah, soba is that healthy but it also tastes GREAT!

This soba noodles chirashi style dish (chirashi means ‘scattered’, a word my mother often used to describe my bedroom as a child) is fun to eat as you get to build your own bowl of noodles with toppings of your choice – I recommend adding grated ginger and daikon (they dissolve into the sauce to add extra flavor and zing), a little wasabi to wake up the nasal passages, chopped scallions for crunch, and chopped nori for a little toastiness. All of these mixed with a slightly sweet, umami filled sauce makes for a truly, exceptionally good dish. Serve this light noodle bowl with a refreshing glass of mugicha (barley tea) and a grapefruit jelly for dessert! This is the perfect summer meal!

You can make this soba noodles recipe gluten free by using 100% buckwheat noodles (most soba noodles are mixed with flour, so make sure you check before buying) and gluten free soy sauce.

tsuyu with soba noodles and wasabi

Add seaweed, shiitake mushrooms and fish cakes to your chirashi soba to amp up the health factor.

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Soba noodles chirashi

Japanese soba noodles with fish cakes and shiitake mushrooms
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x
  • Category: Main, Noodles
  • Cuisine: Japanese
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons bonito flakes
  • 250g soba noodles

Toppings (optional)

  • fish cakes
  • shiitake mushrooms
  • boiled egg
  • chopped nori (dried seaweed)
  • grated daikon
  • grated ginger
  • chopped scallions
  • wasabi
  • coriander
  • ichimi or shichimi pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce, put the water, soy, mirin and dried fish flakes in a small pot and simmer on low until the sauce is very warm, but not boiling hot.
  2. Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions, drain and rinse under cold water.
  3. Divide the noodles into two bowls, add the toppings and pour a little sauce over. Put the remainder of the sauce in a small sauce pot and serve with soba, for those who’d like to add more flavor to their dish.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 372
  • Saturated Fat: 2
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