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Cold Soba Noodles with Cucumbers and Dipping Sauce

A delicious and refreshing japanese-style recipe to save you on days when it's too hot to cook!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup regular soy sauce, reduced sodium if possible
  • 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 sheet seasoned roasted nori, snack size (additional to serve if desired)
  • 4 servings soba noodles, cooked and rinsed under cold water
  • 1 english cucumber, seeded and julienned
  • 2 green onions, green parts only, sliced thin lengthwise
  • sesame seeds, for sprinkling


  1. Cook the soba noodles as per directions on your package, then rinse under cold water and leave to drain.  In a small pot, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, fish sauce and the sheet of roasted nori, and bring to a boil.  Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat and allow to cool. 

  2. Julienne the cucumber, but do not include the seeded middle portion.  Slice the green portion of the green onions into thin strips, then place in some cold water to remove some of the harshness in flavour.  Combine the noodles with the cucumber and green onion, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with dipping sauce.