Soba can be enjoyed in either a hot or cold broth. In this post, we're doing hot soba, which is served with a dipping broth/soup called Kakejiru.
I served this with a salad of shredded daikon, toasted sesame seed oil and aonori flakes (or use furikake), steamed vegan gyoza and steamed sugar snap peas to make it a meal.
For two people
First, make dashi stock. Great dashi instructions are over at Serious Eats, of you can reference my notes on dashi in my secrets of miso soup post. Feel free to make the dashi ahead of time (store in the fridge, or freezer).
HOT DIPPING SAUCE "Kakejiru":
In a pot, bring up to boil:
1 quart dashi
1.5 TB sugar
1.5 tsp salt
2 TB soy sauce
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. This pot is for the noodles. Once the noodle water and the dashi are hot, then put the dried soba noodles into the boiling water, stir to break up the clumps of noodles and let simmer uncovered for 4-6 minutes or until al dente (check the package instructions). Drain, rinse and drain and set aside.
Place a wad of the cooked noodles in each soup bowl. Pour over the hot tentsuyu/flavored dashi soup stock and eat immediately.
Here are the bowls prior to being filled with soup: