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Simple ideas for soba noodle sauce?

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Hi all,

I have a pack of organic, high quality soba noodles here that have been taking up space for awhile simply because I can't figure out a good sauce for them.

The problem is that while I have a lot of Chinese and Thai ingredients (light soy sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, etc), apart from Japanese soy sauce, I have virtually nothing Japanese at all, and there are no stores that carry Japanese ingredients in my area.

I can easily get more Chinese, Thai, and typical North American ingredients easily. Does anyone have any suggestions that wouldn't overwhelm the soba and that would taste great?

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  1. Here's a delicious recipe for chicken soba noodle soup from Wholefoods. I really enjoyed it when I made it a few months ago. It may be not the best idea for August, but I love soup anytime of the year.
    http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recip...

    1. I love Nigella Lawson's cold Soba Salad with a nice piece of MR salmon to top.
      Easy and light for hot summer nights.

      http://www.channel4.com/life/microsit...

      1. The most traditional flavor combination for soba is with soy sauce for salty and mirin for smoothness/sweetness. Instead of mirin, you might try combinations like rice vinegar or sherry with small amounts of other sweeteners (sugar, honey). I like making a sauce with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a little sesame oil and chinese hot mustard. I imagine that sauces with chinese flavored soy sauces might be interesting, too (mushroom, etc.)

        You dilute the sauce to the desired strength by adding water or fish (bonito) broth-- maybe something like anchovy broth would work too? (Dilute more for a soup, less for a dipping sauce)

        1. I LOVE this recipe for Otsu, which uses soba noodles.

          http://www.amateurgourmet.com/the_ama...

          I've used regular soy sauce instead of shoyu.

          It's a great summer dish, light and filling.

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          1. re: jacinthe

            I'm getting a 404 not found for that link... could you try reposting? I'm not sure what otsu is (I'm having trouble finding out through Google, since the word seems to have a lot of different uses from city names to rock stars, etc) but from the one picture I found, this sounds like it might be exactly what I'm looking for!

            1. re: vorpal

              Go to the website and click on ethnic foods--it's there

              1. re: vorpal

                Hrm, when I click on the link it works. Go to www.amateurgourmet.com/the_amateur_go..., and then use the search box on the left to search for "otsu".

                It's basically a soba noodle dish with a soy sauce-vinegar (and some other stuff) dressing, with cucumbers and tofu. It's a wee bit sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time.

                1. re: jacinthe

                  I make soba once a week, mostly cold served with a grilled fish-usually ahi. This is what I did last night:

                  Sauce:

                  1/3 cup rice vinegar
                  2/3 cup light soy sauce
                  1-2 tspoons minced ginger
                  Sesame oil to taste
                  finely chopped hot pepper (I had jalepeno last night) to taste
                  sugar or sweet chile sauce -yes to taste OR wasabi powder or paste
                  squeeze of lime juice (optional)

                  Add:

                  chopped scallions
                  shredded carrots
                  thinly sliced peeled and seeded cucumber
                  thinly sliced snow peas
                  halved small cherry or grape tomatoes

                  Toss it all tgether with about 8-10 oz of cold soba noodles and chill before serving. Serves 2-4 people.