Updated: May 20, 2020
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How To Make And Eat The Authentic Zaru Soba (Cold Soba)!

What is Zaru soba? It is a type of soba noodle dish in Japan, commonly eaten in summer. Here is the ultimate guide to zaru soba - how to make (including the tsuyu/dipping sauce and condiments/ toppings), and how to eat it!

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What is zaru soba (ざるそば)?

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Soba (そば/蕎麦) are thin noodles made from buckwheat flour that is a traditional dish in Japan. It can be cooked at home, served by both causal and expensive specialty restaurants, or just like instant ramen, there is also instant soba where you just pour hot water to cook them.
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Soba is served in various ways, either chilled or hot. Zaru soba is a type of cold soba that is served on a bamboo tray called "zaru" with a dipping sauce (tsuyu in Japanese) on the side. You pick up the soba from the tray using chopsticks, and dip it in the tsuyu right before eating it. Some kinds of condiments and toppings like wasabi are often mixed into the tsuyu.

Nutrition

Soba noodles contain 99 calories/100g, low in fat. They are high in minerals, vitamins (especially vitamin B), and they contain all eight essential amino acids. Also they contain much amount of fiber than regular pastas.
Soba is such nutritious and can help you stay healthy.

How to make

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# Ingredients (1 serving)

- 100g dried soba noodles
- 1 cup dashi stock (Japanese cooking stock made from fish or seaweed)
- 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 cups cold water
- Your choices of condiments/toppings
# Directions

<Make the tsuyu (dipping sauce)>
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1. Put dashi stock, mirin, and soy sauce into a pan and boil it for around 7 minutes. For dashi stock and mirin, if you are in Japan, every grocery store has them. If you are in other countries, you probably find them in Asian markets.
2. Cool down and chill it in a fridge, then mix it with 2 cups of cold water.
3. When you serve, use a small bowl for the tsuyu and place it on the side of the noodles.
<Cook soba noodles>
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1. Boil a plenty of water in a large pot and put the noodles.
2. Stir the noodles so they separate.
3. After 3-4 minutes, drain the noodles into the sieve and rinse them with running cold water to cool down and remove the starch, which is important for the unique texture of soba.
<Prepare condiments and toppings>
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Examples of the most common condiments,

- Shredded nori (sea weed)
- Chopped green onions or scallions
- Wasabi

Not always but often served,

- Grated daikon (Japanese radish)
- Grated ginger
- Grated yam
- Shiso leaves
- Sesame
- Egg (raw or soft boiled)
- Sliced yuzu and kabosu (kind of citrus fruit)

How to eat

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1. Using chopsticks, pick up a small amount of soba noodles
2. Dip in the tsuyu and slurp the noodles. Try not to leave them in the small bowl of the tsuyu.
3. You can put the condiments in your tsuyu to add flavors
4. After you eat all, you can pour the hot water that you used for cooking soba (called sobayu/蕎麦湯) in your tsuyu and drink it.

Enjoy zaru soba!

The flavorful soba noodles, sweet and savory dipping sauce, and condiments and toppings are blending perfectly in your mouth! Zaru soba is such a popular dish especially in hot summer because it's easy to prepare and eat when people lose appetite too.
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