Japanese cuisine is very popular around the world, which has made Soba a very popular dish. In fact, Soba can be found at a variety of eateries including family restaurants, on-the-go standing restaurants in train stations, and izakaya's (Japanese Bar/Pub/Tavern). The accessibility of the dish is largely responsible for making Soba so wildly popular. But making it at home can be daunting, so we've created this recipe so you can step up your culinary game. With a few authentic ingredients and a trip to your local Ichiba, you can make this delicious Ebi Yasai Itame Soba Soup and impress your friends and family.
Every homemade soup starts with a good broth. For this recipe, we used ready-to-go Dashi packets that you just boil. If you have the time or inclination, another option is making Dashi by scratch with ingredients like Kombu, Katsuobushi, and even anchovies. But part of our goal is to make things doable and easy, so Dashi packets cut a few steps out of the process!
From there we enter the world of Japanese noodles! There are many, like Soba (buckwheat flour), Somen (wheat flour) and Udon (flour) , but for this soup we used Soba Noodles, as they are considered to be one of Japan's first 'fast foods'. Made of buckwheat flour, they are Gluten Free, as are rice noodles and glass noodles (mung bean starch). They still have carbs but are much easier to digest for some folks.
Not every neighborhood has an authentic Japanese market, a.k.a. Ichiba, so you might have to branch out to get these items, but they are key to making this soup authentic: Bonito Flakes, Mirin, Sesame Oil and Sesame seeds are a few items to consider. For a side dish, we picked up some fried tempura veggies. Keep an eye out for Garlic Chili Sauce and Asian vegetable broth; all the other items can be found at your grocer.
Next, you'll want to gather your vegetables for chopping: scallions, red bell pepper, garlic, shitake mushrooms and ginger. These are an important component of this soup because their textures contrast with the heat and smoothness of the soup. Technically, toppings can be added warm or cold, cooked or raw or steamed. We chose to stir-fry ours together with the shrimp for a more savory flavor. Feel free to add other toppings such as edamame beans, radish, red cabbage and seaweed sheets.
Herbs are traditionally used in Japanese cuisine, and our Micro Rainbow Mix adds half a dozen herbs and greens that lend aroma and more. Arugula, Kale, Broccoli, Radish, and Amaranth are just a few of the herbs this mix offers, so just imagine the nutrition you're adding, not to mention beauty and aesthetics. Parsley and cilantro are two additional herbs you can use that have a fresh aroma and blend well with Soba soup.
Take a moment to watch our Recipe Video - it's a great way to see all the steps in advance while you gather all your ingredients.
Speaking of ingredients, let's get started!
1 lb. large Shrimp, peeled and de-veined
2 cup Shitake Mushrooms
1 clam of Micro Rainbow Mix
1 large red onion, sliced or shallots
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
1 tbsp. Chili Garlic Sauce
1” piece fresh Ginger, chopped
1 tbsp. cup Mirin per bowl
1 tbsp. Soy Sauce per bowl
1 tbsp. toasted Sesame Oil
8 oz. Soba Noodles
1 tbsp. toasted Sesame Seeds
6 cups water and 2-3 Dashi packets
1. In a large pot, boil 4 cups of water. When roiling, drop in two Dashi packets. Lower heat to a simmer.
2. In a skillet, add oil and saute the minced garlic, ginger, chopped red onion, red pepper, Bok choy, shitake mushrooms and shrimp. Saute together until shrimp are bronzed, about 10 minutes.
3. In a second large pot, boil water and add Soba Noodles. Stir and cook for 5 minutes, or as package directions instruct.
4. In the same pot, lower 4 eggs into boiled/salted water and cook for 6 min. Then plunge eggs into ice bath. Let cool and peel. Strain all.
4. Make your Individual Bowl of Soup: Add 1 tbsp. mirin, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, 1 cup of the Dashi brew. Then add: Soba Noodles, veggies, shrimp, half an egg,
5. Drizzle soy sauce and sesame oil, to taste. Sprinkle soup with scallions, sesame seeds, seaweed sheets and more Micro Rainbow Mix.
Consider trying one of these Sake's to go with your soup. For our savory soup, try a sake that has medium body and a bit of sweetness, like Junmais. For a spicier soup, go for a dry or light-bodied sake to balance out the spiciness, like the Ginjos.
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