9 Ways to Cook with Japanese Soba Noodles

The hearty buckwheat noodles are good in cold salads, hot soups, and plenty in between

Chewy and heartier than most noodles, soba are common in Japanese and Korean cuisines—it's time they get their due respect elsewhere. If you're brave, try making them from scratch with the first recipe below; or, pick up a pack at your closest Asian market and get ready to slurp.

Fresh Soba Noodles
Fresh Soba Noodles
Fresh buckwheat noodles are a staple of Japanese cuisine, and nothing beats homemade. Get the recipe for Fresh Soba Noodles »Dylan + Jeni
Dashi, a Sauce Building Block
Kombu
Dried mushrooms and bonito (dried fish flakes) add a deep, pungent flavor to this broth. Get the recipe for Dashi »Matt Taylor-Gross
Kaeshi, the Other Sauce Base
Kaeshi
This salty–sweet sauce from Sonoko Sakai, most notably eaten with soba noodles, is a building block of flavor in various sauces used throughout Japan. Get the recipe for Kaeshi »Matt Taylor-Gross
Soba Noodles with Two Dipping Sauces (to use up that Dashi & Kaeshi)
Soba Noodles with Two Dipping Sauces
In this preparation, cold soba noodles are eaten with two dipping sauces: one made of dashi and the other a homemade, lightly sweetened walnut paste. Get the recipe for Soba Noodles with Two Dipping Sauces »Dylan + Jeni
Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth
Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth
For this deconstructed noodle soup, dip cold noodles into the hot broth, then slurp them quickly—the technique preserves the integrity of the tender, fresh noodles. Get the recipe for Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth »Dylan + Jeni
Hot Soba with Chicken and Egg
Hot Soba Noodles with Chicken and Egg
Soy-and-mirin–basted chicken thighs, spinach, and buckwheat noodles add heft to this Japanese-inspired version of chicken noodle soup. Get the recipe for Hot Soba with Chicken and Egg »Dylan + Jeni
Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette
Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette
This refreshing salad of soba noodles tossed with winter greens and mixed vegetables is brought together by a tart dressing of miso, ginger juice, and lemon. Get the recipe for Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette »Dylan + Jeni
Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodles
Korean Soba Salad
A medley of thinly sliced vegetables is piled up with a mound of cold buckwheat noodles. Get the recipe for Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodles »Matt Taylor-Gross
Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns
Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns
A miso marinade doubles as a dressing for a flavorful salad composed of watercress, scallions, and soba noodles. Get the recipe for Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns »Farideh Sadeghin
Soba Noodles with Wasabi and Shiitake Mushrooms
Soba Noodles with Wasabi and Shiitake Mushrooms
In Japan, China, and many other Asian countries, tradition calls for eating long noodles, which signify longevity, on New Year's Day. In this simple noodle dish, crisp wasabi stalks add texture, while the tender, chewy leaves are a complex substitute for bitter greens. Get the recipe for Soba Noodles with Wasabi and Shiitake Mushrooms »Helen Rosner
Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu
Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu
Instead of the cookout-classic pasta salad, serve this refreshing Asian noodle dish zipped up with crunchy vegetables. Get the recipe for Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu »Drew Anthony Smith