Cha Soba

Cha Soba nestled on ice - a refreshing welcome on a hot humid day!

Cha Soba nestled on ice – a refreshing welcome on a hot humid day!

Cha Soba or Zaru Soba (Japanese Cold Buckwheat Noodles)
Recipe (serves 4)
300g of Soba (buckwheat noodles, brown or green).
Plenty of Ice Cubes.
You can buy bottled sauce for soba (follow instructions on bottle) or use the recipe below.

Dipping Sauce:
500 ml Water, for dipping noodles when serving.
4 tablespoons Japanese Shoyu.
2 tablespoons Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine).
1 teaspoon Dashi Powder.

4 tablespoons Scallions, diced.
1 tablespoon Ginger, finely grated.
1 root Wasabi, finely grated (or Wasabi Paste, to taste).
4 Raw Quail Eggs, whole or yolk only, optional.
Shredded Nori, for topping (roasted seaweed with sesame seeds, available from Japanese grocer).

1. Cooked soba according to timing indicated in package in a pot of boiling water. Drain cooked noodles with colander and rinse under cold running water. Put noodles into a container (with lid) with ice cubes, over and under the noodles. Cover with lid and chill in fridge.

2. Bring 500ml water, shoyu, mirin and dashi powder to boil. Let the sauce simmer for 1-2 minute. Turn off heat. Adjust with more seasoning or cold water (depends on brand of shoyu used) to taste. The sauce should be slightly salty as the noodles are bland. When the dipping sauce is cooled, transfer to a container with lid and fridgerate.

3. When ready to serve, divide chilled noodles into individual bowls and top with nori. Put dipping sauce into separate bowls. Serve each portion with a saucer of chopped spring onions, ginger, wasabi and quail egg (if using) at the side.

Photo credit: Google Images. Some of the soba ingredients.

Photo credit: Google Images.
Some of the soba ingredients.

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Happy cooking 🙂

4 Responses to “Cha Soba”
  1. Will never forget the first time I had these, because I was in Japan and thought I was getting hot noodles. Rookie mistake. Like the time I ordered takoyaki thinking I’d be getting fried tacos.

  2. Melisa R says:

    This recipe! Wow! I’m going to have to try and make this.

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