Gloomy Day Soba Noodle Soup


An Asian-style soup that's simple, quick, easy, and filling that I came up with on a foggy day. I don't measure so the amounts of ingredients are estimated, feel free to put your own spin on it!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings


  • 5 cups water

  • ¼ cup tamari

  • 1 tablespoon mirin (rice wine)

  • 3 strips dried kombu seaweed

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons dashi granules

  • ½ (14 ounce) package soba noodles

  • ½ bunch spinach, roughly chopped

  • 8 slices lemon cucumber, peeled

  • ½ cup mung bean sprouts

  • 4 scallions, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Bring water, tamari, mirin, kombu, sesame oil, and dashi to a boil in a large pot. Add soba noodles; cook, stirring occasionally until soft and tender, about 5 minutes. Mix in spinach, lemon cucumber slices, bean sprouts, and scallions. Cook until vegetables have softened, about 3 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat. Discard kombu strips. Sprinkle with cilantro; serve.


Cook's Notes:

You can use regular soy sauce instead of tamari, if desired.

Dashi granules are found in natural food stores or Asian markets.

You can use basil instead of cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
4g Fat
88g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 2906mg 126%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 34mg 171%
Calcium 187mg 14%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1036mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.