Zaru Soba (Vegan)

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Zaru Soba ざるそば — a classic summertime dish in Japan; light and refreshing cold soba noodles served with a savory dipping sauce (tsuyu) and a variety of condiments. 



  • 2 bundles soba noodles (200g)
  • 2 tbsp sake (32ml)
  • 1/3 cup mirin (80ml)
  • 4 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 x 2 inch piece kombu
  • 3 pieces shiitake mushroom, rehydrated (keep soaking liquid)
  • 1 tbsp shiitake mushroom soaking water
  • 1/2 tsp kombu dashi powder 
  • Condiments: scallion, daikon, togarashi, sesame, nori, tenkasu, yuzu pepper, japanese pickles, ginger & wasabi 


  1. Over medium high heat, add the sake to a pot and bring to a boil. Allow alcohol to cook off for 20-30 seconds. Add the mirin, soy sauce, shiitake soaking water, kombu dashi granules, kombu and shiitake. Bring to a boil again and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.
  2. Cook soba noodles following directions on the package. Drain the noodles, reserving the liquid (save for drinking later). Rinse the soba noodles VERY well with cold water (about 3-5 times). The water should run clear. Drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare all of your condiments and plate them on the side. Prepare the dipping sauce by combining 3-4 tbsp of the tsuyu and 1/4 cup of ice cold water. Taste and adjust amount of tsuyu to your liking. Plate the soba noodles.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

  • Category: entree
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving

Keywords: cold soba noodles, japanese soba noodles