Vegetarian Japanese Soba Noodle Soup Recipe
Its amazing how from being an total soup hater, I have now become a total soup'o'holic! ;). Most of my lunches when I am forced to cook for me alone consists of a bowl of a soup and some wholegrain bread. Also for a person working from home, it can be sometimes irritating to break my attention to go cook. But a grumbling tummy is never a great companion when you have deadlines in mind. Such cases also make lots of room for burning in my kitchen cos I try to cook and work at the same time. Most of the times it works, but in certain cases, I get too involved and forget that I had something on the stove. Hence such fool proof dishes ;)
Vegetarian Japanese Soba Noodle Soup Recipe
Last week, when I was in no mood to cook, I went to my old standby - Soup. I have a well stocked pantry with whole grains this and that. I sometimes resent that it totally lacks the good stuff - those crunchy chips, that velvety and nutty Kit Kat or chilling vanilla ice cream. Sigh! I have no one but me to blame - no waitta minute. Can't be so selfish, lemme be generous and share some with my better half. I have this principle of going shopping full. Never hungry which makes sure that I never indulge.Yeah - all that self control sh*t never works! I have to cheat my system. Of course, later on I am busy cursing my resolve and not have any "good stuff" in the pantry - but got to make do with what I have right? Vegetarian Japanese Soba Noodle Soup Recipe Anyways, coming back to the recipe. This takes like 10-15 min to make, is a breeze to prepare and you dont have slave over the stove as such. Multitasking - totally OK! :) This recipe is from "Complete Vegetarian Cookbook" and has gone into my repertoire. I have adapted it to suit my pantry and tastes.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Around 4 Oz packet of Buckwheat Soba Noodles, cooked as per packet instructions
  • 3-4 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 liter of water or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup snow peas, cut into thin strips
  • 1 large carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3-4 spring onions, sliced
  • less than 1 inch piece of ginger, cut into julienne strips
  • 2-3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (or as per taste)
  • few cilantro sprigs for garnish
  • salt if needed, to taste
1. Once the noodles are cooked, drain and rinse it lightly with cold water. set aside.
2. Meanwhile, combine the water/stock, mushrooms, snow peas, carrot, garlic,onions and ginger in a saucepan. bring it to a boil and then simmer in low heat for few more minutes until vegetables are tender.
3. Add the soy sauce and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
4. Divide the noodles among soup bowls.
5. Ladle the hot liquid on top of the noodles
and Serve Hot garnished with cilantro. You can add few tbsp of mirin or sake  along the soy sauce if using. Vegetarian Japanese Soba Noodle Soup Recipe

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By Kalika on Mar 3, 2012

This was a wonderful recipe. I made it with a light fish stock and added a dash of miso paste and a tbsp of rice wine for a different flavoured stock, along with some soy sauce. I also added thin strips of dried seaweed to the soup as it was simmering. My husband and son loved it and came back for seconds. I think they would have continued eating if it hadn't got over :)

By Elena on Jan 12, 2012



I made this soup as in the recipe as indicated, I loved it, I know that in Okinawa where I first tried it, had had pieces of pork, which they use a lot in all of their dishes there.  I

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By Tanja Aldebot on Aug 3, 2017

Your soup looks nice, but you never ever use cilantro in a Japanese soba noodle soup. I also like to try out new things when I am cleaning out my pantry, but then I make clear that it is not an authentic recipe. People are so confused already- I see it in all the food videos these days, and I think it is important to respect other peoples culture and cooking by making their traditional dishes right and when cooking something slightly different perhaps saying: here's a different way of using soba noodles...

Yes, true Tanja. I agree as well. But then nowhere in this recipe do I mention that this authentic or classic version. Did the usage of word Japanese bother you? I can word it better next time around - this was posted 7 years ago when the Internet world was much more simpler as far as recipes were concerned. :) --DK

By Heather on Oct 24, 2015

I really enjoyed making this soup as it was my first time using soba noodles. However, I found it quite bland. I kept adding soy sauce and Mirin and 7 spice, but it really didn't do anything except add more salt flavour. I did like all the veg though...just a very bland broth...

By Veggie Girl on Dec 30, 2013

:) thanks for posting this! It's just like the Wagamama Saien Soba dish that I love. I've just made it for my husband and he gave your recipe 10/10!

By Kay on Mar 8, 2013

chef jaycee - says: December 28th, 2011 on 4:25 pm Everything about this dish made sense….With the exception of the garnish…Cilantro should be used for mexican, or spanish dishes.. Totally incorrect - Homeland Chinese use Cilantro in Many if not most of their dishes. It is NOT limited to Mexican or Spanish dishes. I am Asian and it's in many of our countries favorite dishes.

By Gavin on Sep 2, 2012

this is for chef jaycee as well cilantro or coriander we call it here in aust comes from europe africa and asia so being an asian herb ud think they'd use it the spanish had imported it from asia like pasta was taken from asia as well and people believe its italian.

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By Intern Jack on Jul 12, 2012

Hello! Looking forward to trying out this soup! Sounds yummy!

By Jessica on May 30, 2012

This is for Chef Jaycee, Cilantro is used in Thai and Asian dishes quite a bit so your statement is wrong. It's not just for Mexican or Spanish dishes. Just an FYI

By Suru on Apr 11, 2012

I just made this. It wasn't bad. I'd give it 3.5 stars. Though, it may have to do a little with how I made it. Being I hate mushrooms for the most part, I substituted them with tofu. I like tofu and all but I don't think it went too well with this. I'll have to try it again with shrimp or something.

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By Mama on Mar 30, 2012

Loved your Paneer Fried Rice. Just made it for dinner. Just discovered your blog today. Where do you get buckwheat soba noodles, frozen Udon noodles etc. from ??

Thank you so much :). I get it from Whole Foods Market --DK

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By Mike on Feb 13, 2012

Cilantro is used alot in Asian cooking. This is whats for dinner tonight. Thanks

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By chef jaycee on Dec 28, 2011

Everything about this dish made sense....With the exception of the garnish...Cilantro should be used for mexican, or spanish dishes..

You are free to restrict yourself you know :)...As I mention, this recipe is based on "my pantry and tastes."

By alicia on Nov 2, 2011

i did this at skool and my teachers loved it thanks i owe u a lot

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By jyoti on Aug 12, 2011

hi, i wanted to know if you had tried making stir fry with these noodles something like hakka noddles.These noddles look prety healthy and want to give them a try that way as m not big on soups.

yes I have. Will post them the next time I make them :)

By Asha on Jun 26, 2010

this looks yummy and healthy. i also make variation of this noodle soup. only difference is that i add either lemon grass or grated lemon rind to the veg stock and boil them and strain them before adding vegetables

By Apu on Jun 10, 2010

Great way to use soba noodles!!

By Leena on Jun 10, 2010

Delicious and healthy soup..Looks very inviting!

By Suma on Jun 9, 2010

Yummy healthy and nourishing meal. I work form home too and can completely relate to sudden food cravings in the middle of work and also forgetting food on the stove immersed in work:-))

By Hema on Jun 9, 2010

This soup looks yummy. At the first instance I mistook it as a nonvegetarian soup. Nice to read it as vegetarian.

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By Veggie Belly on Jun 9, 2010

I love soup! I never get to order something like this at a restaurant because they invariably use chicken stock. This is going in my bookmarks :-P