Originally published in January 2013. Updated with new recipe and photos.
There are many reasons why I love soba: the slippery and smooth texture and the subtle taste of the buckwheat flour. Served cold 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.
This 15-minute soba noodle soup is the easiest and quickest way to prepare a quick lunch. It really does take only 15 minutes and you have a great serving of healthy and delicious soba in a delicious soup.
You can use a variety of toppings like my recipe, or you can add shrimp, green peas, spinach, or anything you like.
I make this soba noodle soup recipe over and over again, but it has never failed to delight me. Try it and I am sure you will enjoy it!
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15 Minute Soba Noodle Soup Recipe
Soba Noodle Soup - the easiest and quickest Japanese soba noodle soup ever. Takes 15 minutes and restaurant quality, so delicious!
- 1 bundle soba noodles
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons Mizkan, Bonito Flavored Soup Base
- 1 oz buna shimeji mushroom
- 1 bunch baby bok choy
- 1 hard-boiled egg, halved
- white sesame
- chopped scallion
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 mushroom and baby bok choy. Boil for about 1 minute or until they are cooked.
Add the egg on top of the soba noodle, then add the soup, and top with sesame and scallion.
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.