Chilled Totoro Soba Noodles with Grated Yam

Chilled Totoro Soba Noodles with Grated Yam

Let's make a cute Totoro dish using the usual ingredients for chilled grated yam soba noodles. Your children will love it!

Ingredients: 1 serving

Soba noodles
100 g
Nagaimo Yam
100 g
Green onions
as needed
Nori seaweed
as needed
1 leaf
as needed


1. Boil the soba noodles in plenty of boiling water.
2. While the soba is boiling, chop the green onions.
3. Slice the yamaimo to make 2 rounds (they will be Totoro's eyes), and grate the rest. Adjust the size of the eyes accordingly.
4. Cut the nori out to make the eyes, nose, and belly pattern. I just cut them out with scissors, but it may be easier if you use a craft punch.
5. This is how it looked like before I added the grated nagaimo. I put a mitsuba leaf on top of his head and finished off by garnishing with chopped green onions around it.
6. This is important!! Use only a little bit of the noodles in the center to make a shallow well for Totoro's belly.
7. Pour in the grated nagaimo into the well. Add the belly pattern nori on top, and it's done.
8. I guarantee your child will love this. Pour mentsuyu all over! It's a shame to lose the Totoro shape, but the noodles will taste better if you mix it all up before eating.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've loved Tototo ever since I was little, but he's resurfaced recently in my life as a personal trend.

I was having trouble with a loss of appetite because of the hot summer, but I regained my appetite a little with this cute decoration!!

I have a newborn son, and this is one of the dishes I will definitely make for him when he is a little older.