Zaru Somen (Japanese chilled noodles & dipping sauce)
Recipe type: soup
Cuisine: Japanese
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Serves: 4 servings
Zaru Somen (or Literally: basket noodles) is a dish serve in the summer in Japan. It's cool, refreshing, and couldn't possibly be easier to make.
  • 4 bundles somen noodles
  • 1/2 cup mentsuyu
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • 4 green onions
  • Nori or furikake, as garnish.
  1. Divide mentsuyu evenly between 4 cups or small bowls. (1/8 cup per bowl.) Mix with 1/2 cup water in each cup. set aside.
  2. Boil noodles according to package directions. Immediately drain noodles and rinse thoroughly under cold running water. Drain well and place equal amounts on 4 serving plates.
  3. Chop green onions finely and place 4 equal portions on small containers.
  4. Garnish with chopped nori or furikake.
  5. Serve cold.
Though this recipe calls for somen noodles, you can just as easily make and enjoy Japanese chilled noodles with somen, udon or even dry ramen noodles. (Just toss the flavor packet!)
Recipe by Uncle Jerry's Kitchen at