Somen (Rice Noodle) Salad

Somen salad is a great main dish or side dish. This is also a great recipe for hot days!



  • Somen noodles

  • Dressing:

    • Dashi broth

    • Shoyu

    • Vinegar

    • Mirin

    • Sesame Oil

    • Sugar

  • Suggested toppings: roasted sesame seeds, wakame, aburaage tofu, cucumber, thinly sliced carrot, egg


  1. Boil somen.

  2. Plunge it in an ice cold bath, drain. You can also let it chill in the fridge depending on how cold you want it.

  3. Plate somen, add toppings of choice and then pour dressing over the top. Serve.

Miso Soup w. Somen

This miso soup is a great simple and quick side dish that goes well with rice or a side of vegetables. This is also great as a quick lunch.


  • Miso paste

  • Katsuo (or kombu/shiitake) dashi broth

  • Somen noodles

  • Optional: Tofu


  1. Prepare miso soup (miso shiru) how you would normally prepare it.

  2. In a separate pot, boil somen until al dente.

  3. Add somen to miso soup. You can add small cubes of soft tofu, seaweed (wakame), or fried (aburaage) tofu if you like.