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Jul 31, 2007 11:16 AM

Soba Salad dressing recipe?

Am obsessed with the cold soba salad these days. I love the versions at Soba Nippon and Restaurant Nippon - both in midtown Manhattan.

Any ideas on how I can replicate the dressing at home? I can do the noodles, the poached chicken and the veggies, but the magically delicious dressing eludes me - help!

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  1. It's called "soba tsuyu", and it generally consists of bonito (fish) stock, soy sauce, and mirin. The first step is to make the stock (dashi) by boiling water and then turning it off and dumping in a healthy handful of bonito flakes to steep for about 5 mins, then pouring out through a sieve. To the stock add some soy sauce (a little less than 1/4 as much as stock?) and a splash of mirin (about a tablespoon per cup).
    (If you're in a rush, you can also cheat by starting with instant dashi powder, or even getting pre-made bottle of soba tsuyu. There are some quite good ones, though be sure to check the MSG content)

    When you serve the soba, be sure to put a little bit of wasabi and green onions on the side, which can be mixed in with the tsuyu. (And after you're done with your noodles, you can pour some hot water into your leftover tsuyu to dilute it and drink it like soup!)