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Cold Soba Noodles With Summer Vegetables (夏野菜そば)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 portions 1x


How to make delicious Soba Noodle Salad with Summer Vegetables! Chilled soba noodles topped with a tasty miso flavoured meat sauce topping mixed with aubergine and okra, then garnished with fresh tomato and spring onions. (Makes 2 large portions or 3 smaller portions)


  • 2 Portions dry soba noodles (approx 200g / 7oz)
  • Water for boiling
  • 3 Okra
  • 1 Medium aubergine (eggplant) 
  • 1 Medium tomato
  • 2 Drizzles sesame oil (one for cooking, one for garnish)
  • 100g / 3 1/2 oz Minced meat (see note)
  • 1 1/2 Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 1 tbsp Miso paste (I used awase/yellow miso)
  • 2 tbsp Chopped spring onion to garnish (optional) 


  1. First, prepare the vegetables. Slice a medium tomato, cut a medium aubergine into medium sized chunks and cut the okra into 2cm slices.
    Cutting aubergine
  2. Heat a frying pan on medium and add 1 tsp of sesame oil.
    add sesame oil to the pan
  3. When the oil is hot, add 100g of minced meat and fry.
    Frying mince in a pan
  4. Once the meat is cooked through, add the cut aubergine and continue to stir fry.
    Add the aubergine to the pan
  5. When the aubergine becomes slightly softened, add 1 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin and 2 tbsp of miso paste, mix thoroughly.
    Seasoning with miso paste
  6. Now you can add the okra and mix all the ingredients together in the pan.
    Adding the okra to the pan
  7. Cook until the liquid is reduced and then turn off the heat. Set aside until serving.
    Stir frying until liquid is reduced
  8. Boil 200g of dried soba noodles as instructed on the packaging. 
    Boiling soba noodles
  9. Once the noodles are cooked, pour the noodles into a colander to drain the hot water and run them under cold running water. (Add ice to make them extra cold.)
  10. Transfer the soba noodles to 2 large plates (or 3 smaller plates).
    Placing soba noodles on plate
  11. Evenly distribute the meat and vegetables on the top of the noodles and lay the sliced tomatoes on the side.
    Adding meat sauce and tomatoes
  12. Garnish with chopped spring onions and drizzle with sesame oil.
    Drizzling with sesame oil
  13. Serve up and mix well before eating.
  14. Enjoy!
    Lifting soba noodles with chopsticks


Any ground meat goes well with this recipe, we like chicken the best! You can use meat substitute like soy mince too.

You can use other summery vegetables such as bell peppers, courgette (zucchini) or cucumber. Be creative!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Noodles
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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