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Zaru Soba | Cold Japanese Buckwheat Noodles

Zaru Soba | Cold Japanese Buckwheat Noodles

Zaru Soba | Cold Japanese Buckwheat Noodles
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I couldn’t tell you my favorite season if I tried…at least not for Minnesota. I find myself thoroughly enjoying each season in turn. The freshness of spring as new life sprouts from the ground. The sultry heat of summer-best enjoyed in the lake at the cabin or on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The glorious fall colors-also best enjoyed at the cabin or on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The beauty of a snowy winter wonderland. Hot cocoa in front of the fireplace post cross country skiing=the best!

Zaru Soba Cold soba noodles vegan

Zaru Soba Cold soba noodles vegan

While Karl and I were living in Japan, I had to narrow down my favorite seasons to two. We first arrived in Japan the summer of 2010 right after getting married. (In fact TODAY happens to be our 7th wedding anniversary! <3 I love you, Karl!!!) Unfortunately for this upper Midwestern couple, the Japanese summer was brutal. I know Minnesota gets humid, but you guys. Minnesota’s humidity and heat has got nothing on Japan’s. Plus, it was the hottest summer on record in over a hundred years.

Super.

Fall did eventually come, which was one of the most beautiful seasons I had ever experienced. The winter, though not nearly as cold as Minnesota’s, made me long for central heating. (I don’t miss my kerosene space heater at all!) There was hardly any snow where we lived so it was just cold without the beauty of winter-although flowers were still blooming through the winter, which was pretty!

Zaru Soba Cold soba noodles vegan

Then spring came. The glorious, glorious Japanese spring. There is nothing like it! If you ever go to Japan, do yourself a favor and try to go during spring. The cherry blossoms alone are worth it…not to mention all of the other gorgeous blooming flowers! It’s truly stunning.

Zaru Soba Cold soba noodles vegan

Anyway. Back to summer. One of the things we did during summer break was go off to a Japanese immersion school. At lunch time, we would walk across the parking lot to a noodle shop and eat zaru soba at least a couple times a week.

Zaru Soba Cold soba noodles vegan

Zaru soba is the perfect summer meal for those hot and humid days. The cold dipping broth is refreshing and delicious. Plus, it is so easy to make. After experiencing it in a restaurant at a friends recommendation, I learned how to make it myself at home and I still make it now. Especially on brutally hot and humid days…which Minnesota does occasionally get.

Zaru Soba Cold soba noodles vegan

You can purchase pre-made mentsuyu (the cold noodle broth), or make it yourself. Typically the store bought type is made with bonito flakes, which are made from fish. So if you are vegetarian or vegan, be aware of this. Also, be aware that you can either buy concentrated broth or pre-diluted broth. Be sure to read the labels!

To make a vegetarian/vegan broth yourself:

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons mirin

2 tablespoons cooking sake

1 teaspoon dashi (such as this vegetarian type)

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to simmer. Turn off heat and let cool completely. Taste and add the desired amount of water to reach a good strength of flavor for your preference.

Zaru Soba | Cold Japanese Buckwheat Noodles
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Ingredients

  • 1 pack Soba noodles
  • ¾ cup Mentsuyu (noodle broth-see notes above)
  • garnish, if desired
  • sliced scallions
  • wasabi
  • toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Cook soba noodles in boiling water for approximately 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Place noodles on plate and garnish with sliced scallions and toasted sesame.
  2. Stir in a dollop of wasabi into the cold noodle broth.
  3. Dip noodles into broth and enjoy!
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Zaru Soba Cold soba noodles vegan

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