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Zaru soba recipe (Video)

Few dishes are as appealing in summer as delicious zaru soba. A quick, nutritious and delicious recipe straight from Japan.

With this heat wave, few dishes are as appealing as delicious zaru soba. Delicious soba noodles accompanied by mentsuyu and, to finish, a warm infusion of soba water with metsuyu.

What is Soba?

Soba refers to buckwheat and is also used to refer to noodles made from buckwheat.

There are different recipes and proportions of wheat for soba. One of the most popular noodles in Japan is Soba Ni-hachi (‘two-eight’) which consists of 80% buckwheat and 20% common wheat.

The Benefits of Soba

Soba noodles are known for their many benefits. They are high in manganese and contain iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium.

They are high in protein and soluble fiber while having a lower glycemic index than traditional pasta.

The Soba in Japan

Soba noodles are one of the most popular foods in Japan. Its consumption became popular in the great metropolises of the 20th century.

Today there are more than 30,000 restaurants specializing in soba. It is not surprising, as it is a quick meal to prepare, nutritious, delicious and with a very affordable price.

Discovering the zaru soba in Japan

We discovered this recipe after having dinner at an izakaya in Osaka.

In the restaurant we struck up a conversation with two lovely women who, after a hearty dinner where we ended up sharing sake and toasting, told us that we couldn’t leave without trying this delicious dish.

Without thinking twice, we signed up for a second dinner at a small restaurant specializing in soba, where we watched as the cook prepared the noodles by hand. Quite an experience!

How to prepare zaru soba

The first step is to prepare the mentsuyu. The sauce is made with sake, soy sauce, mirin, kombu seaweed and katsuobushi. Once ready, let it cool in the fridge. Next, the soba are prepared.

In episode 16 (Season 1) of “A Master of the Soba” shares a trick for cooking them that he didn’t know about.

If the soba is not fresh, he recommends soaking it in water for about 10 minutes before boiling it. This will allow you to cook them faster and, above all, that the inside and outside of the soba acquire the same texture. As he says, “You won’t believe that you are drinking sobas that are not fresh and their taste will be better than in many restaurants. For this recipe, don’t forget to reserve a cup of the water in which they have been cooked.

Serve the mentsuyu in a bowl and add fresh spring onion and some wasabi and start eating! We will wet the soba and eat them. When there are no more soba left, add the reserved water to the metsuyu and enjoy a delicious infusion of hot metsuyu. Without a doubt, the perfect dish for summer!

Receta zaru soba
Receta Zaru Soba
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Pocos platos apetecen tanto en verano como unos deliciosos zaru soba. Una receta rápida, nutritiva y deliciosa directa de Japón.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4
Calories: 273kcal


Para el Metsuyu

Para los Zaru Soba

  • 4 porciones soba
  • 60 ml mentsuyu
  • 2 cebolleta a gusto
  • wasabi a gusto


Para preparar el mentsuyu

  • En una olla, añadimos el sake y lo llevamos a ebullición durante un minuto.
  • Seguidamente añadimos el sake, la soja, el alga kombu y el katsuobushi.
  • Dejamos hervir durante 5 minutos y colamos. Ya tenemos listo el Mentsuyu que guardaremos en la nevera.

Para los Zaru Soba

  • Ponemos agua a hervir y añadimos los soba.
  • Los cocinamos entre 5-6 minutos, según fabricante.
  • Antes de que estén listos, guardamos una tazas del agua en los que se han cocinado.
Colamos los soba y les damos un baño de agua helada.

Servir los Zaru Soba

  • Se suelen servir los soba en un plato de bambú. En un bol se sirve el mentsuyu al que añadiremos 1 o 2 partes de agua por cada parte de mentusyu. A parte, serviremos la cebolleta y el wasabi.
  • A la hora de comerlo, se mezcla la cebolleta y el wasabi con el mentsuyu y se mojan los soba en esta salsa.
  • Cuando se hayan acabado los soba, podéis usar el agua caliente de los soba, para acabar la comida con una infusión de metsuyu caliente. Sienta de maravilla!



Calorias: 273kcal | Carbohidratos: 57g | Proteina: 12g | Grasa: 1g | Grasas saturadas: 1g | Colesterol: 1mg | Sodio: 2351mg | Potasio: 227mg | Fibra: 1g | Azúcar: 8g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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