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15 Minutes Soba Noodle Soup
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I love all sorts of noodles but if I have to choose one of my favorite noodles, it would probably be Japanese soba, or buckwheat noodles. There are many reasons why I love soba: the slippery and smooth texture and the subtle taste of the buckwheat flour. Served cold as zaru soba (cold soba) or hot with a broth, soba never fails to satisfy my palate. Another thing that I love about soba is the convenience of preparing the noodles. Soba usually comes in individual serving bundles, so there is no prep work of measuring, soaking, and rinsing involved. All I have to do is peel off the paper wrapper that binds the noodles together, and off they go into a pot of boiling water, and in a few minutes, the soba noodles are ready to be served.

15 Minute Soba Noodle Soup

On warm summer days, I love a serving of cold soba with dipping sauce, which is simple yet utterly delicious. On cold winter days when I need some warmth, I adore a steaming hot bowl of soba noodle soup with all the trimmings: vegetables, mushrooms, shrimp, and topped with some seaweed strips and a generous dash of togarashi, or Japanese spices.

This is my 15-minute soba noodle soup recipe, ones that I have made over and over again, but never fails to delight me. This is also a perfect lunch dish for busy mothers or work-from-home professionals. Making a healthy, nutritious, and no-fuss quick lunch is possible with multi-tasking. While you boil the soba noodles, you can prepare the broth using instant Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base, which is a magical condiment that everyone should have in the kitchen. Add the ingredients you have ┬áin the fridge, and when the noodles are done, scoop them out, drain, and ladle the broth over. It’s that simple!

Try this recipe and I am sure soba noodles will become a staple in your pantry soon!


15 Minute Soba Noodle Soup Recipe

Serve 1 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes


1 bundle soba noodles
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base
3 shelled and deveined shrimp
3 carrot slices
3 peas
3 fresh mushrooms


Seaweed strips


Heat up a pot of water and bring it to boil. Cook the soba noodles until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside in a bowl.

In the mean time, heat up 1 1/2 cups of water and bring it to boil. Add the Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base and the rest of the ingredients. Boil for about 1 minute or until the shrimp are cooked.

Ladle the soup onto the noodle, and top with the seaweed and togarashi.

Cook’s Note:

Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base is a magical condiment that you can use to make a variety of authentic Japanese dishes: cold soba dipping sauce, the broth for noodles such as udon and soba. There is no need to make dashi from scratch when you use Mizkan (Bonito Flavored) Soup Base.

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