Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Homemade Dipping Sauce
Zaru soba is a traditional Japanese dish made with buckwheat noodles served on a bamboo tray. It's enjoyed with a dashi based dipping sauce called "mentsuyu" and served cold. It's a refreshing dish perfect for hot days!
what you'll need:
» dashi stock
» soy sauce
» shiitake mushroom
» dry soba noodles
» shredded nori
» optional additions for sauce: wasabi pasta, grated ginger, tempura flakes, green onion
Add dashi stock, soy sauce and mirin to a pan and boil for 1 minute. Add sugar and mix until dissolved.
Transfer the sauce to a heatproof jug and add a dried shiitake mushroom. Leave to cool then chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Cook the soba noodles according to the instructions on the packaging. (Usually about 5-6 mins).
Once cooked, drain the soba and wash with cold water. Place them in a sieve over a bowl and chill with ice cubes.
Prepare a small dish for each portion. The dish should have wasabi, grated ginger and chopped green onion. This can be mixed with the sauce according to preference.
Place the soba on a "zaru" (bamboo tray) with a plate underneath and sprinkle with shredded nori. Serve each portion with its own dipping sauce and plate of ingredients to mix. Mix, dip and enjoy!
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See the full post to learn more about zaru udon and how to prepare it!
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