Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Toshikoshi Soba - Year-Crossing Noodles

The holiday season always makes me feel a little bit of a glutton, as I do a lot of sitting around and eating delicious food but very little exercise. With the new year almost here, it's time to get back on track and I was inspired by reading Maki's post at Just Hungry. I love soba noodles, but normally think of them as a summer meal as they are fantastic served cold. This was super tasty and super healthy, and has left me feeling a little bit better about myself.

Toshikoshi Soba (makes 1 serving):
50g soba noodles (mine was wrapped in bundles of 100g)
1 cup/250 ml dashi
1/4 cup/40 ml soy sauce
3 tbsp mirin or sake
2-3 tbsp sugar
toppings of choice

Heat the mirin to a simmer and dissolve the sugar, then add the soy sauce and dashi and heat while the noodles are cooking.

Add the soba to boiling water and cook 4 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water to rinse the starch off and stop them from cooking further. Place the soba in a bowl, add your toppings, and pour the hot soup over. For toppings, I used spinach, bean sprouts, kamaboko, green onion, and bonito flakes because that's what I had in my fridge. Really, you could use whatever comes to mind - I think next time I'll try it with prawns.


  1. Sounds light and healthy....esp after all the feasting this past month :)

  2. Looks great. To a long and healthful life! (That's what the noodles signify, right?)


  3. you're so right about feeling like a detox is in order after the holidays. we're trying SO hard right now. it's only been 2 dinners and i'm already ready for a big steak.

    this looks delicious and warming.