Cool Soba Noodles With Homemade Dipping Sauce

Cool Soba Noodles With Homemade Dipping Sauce

Soba is best with homemade mentsuyu (noodle dipping sauce). This mentsuyu can be used as-is and doesn't need to be diluted.

Ingredients: 300 ml of dipping sauce

Soba noodles
As much as you like
Green onion
As much as you like
To taste
Homemade "straight" mentsuyu (to be used as-is, not diluted)
350 ml
Coarse (thick) bonito flakes
15 g
★ Soy sauce
4 tablespoons
★ Sugar
2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons


1. Bring the water to a boil and add the coarse bonito flakes. Simmer gently for 10 minutes. Skim off any scum.
2. Strain through a fine meshed sieve lined with paper towels or a coffee filter. This is the dashi stock.
3. Bring the dashi stock back to a boil and add the ★ ingredients. When the sugar has melted, turn off the heat and leave to cool.
4. Chop the green onion finely and briefly bathe in a bowl of water. Drain well.
5. Cook the soba noodles in plenty of boiling water. Wash under cold running water gently (not rubbing too hard so that the edges of the noodles remain sharp). Arrange on a flat sieve in little bundles that are easy to pick up with chopsticks.

Story Behind this Recipe

I love soba! I received some Shinshuu soba as a gift, so I took some time to prepare it properly.