We offer FREE UK mainland delivery on orders over £40. More info...

Soba Noodles with vegetables in Mellow Kuzu Sauce

October 09, 2013

Soba Noodles with vegetables in Mellow Kuzu Sauce

This is a great recovery meal with healthy soba noodles and nourishing kuzu broth.

Serves 4


  • 400g Clearspring 100% Buckwheat Soba Noodles
  • 80g carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 2 leek, thinly sliced
  • 200g age (deep fried tofu), wiped off any excess oil on the surface with paper towel, sliced into thin strips
  • 12 lotus root slices (soaked in water for 2 hours)

Stock Soup


To make ankake (thick sauce)



  1. To make the dashi, bring the kombu and shiitake in water to the boil, but take the kombu out just before boiling.
  2. Simmer the shiitake for 10 minutes, then take them out. (skim a scum off if it is needed)
  3. Add the seasonings (soy sauce, mirin, sake, salt) to the dashi, bring it to the boil.
  4. Add the carrot, leek, age (deep fried tofu) and lotus root, then simmer with low heat until the carrot is cooked.
  5. In the meantime, prepare the soba noodle by following an instructions on a package. *be careful that it will overflow when the soba noodles are cooking. Add water to the pan or reduce the heat if it  is required. Place the soba noodle on serving plates.
  6. To make the ankake sauce, while the sauce is simmering with low heat, slowly pour the kuzu and water mixture into the pan (before you pour the mixture, give a stir to combine well). Stirring for 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  7. Serve the ankake sauce on top of the soba noodle, then garnishing with ginger, give a drizzle of the sesame oil and sesame seeds to add an extra flavour.


Atsuko's Kitchen

After months of travelling and teaching Japanese cuisine around the world, Atsuko has settled in London to run an authentic Japanese home style cooking course, Atsuko's Kitchen.

Her recipes and techniques come from her mother and grandmother, who were both inspiring cooks and passed on their passion and knowledge to her.

Her sensei (teacher) Mari Fujii taught Atsuko Shojin-Ryori, a Japanese Buddhist temple cuisine using creative methods to make dishes using only vegetable ingredients.

After seeing the world and taking on the different food cultures she came accross, Atsuko has chosen London for teaching Japanese cuisine based on five fundamental traditional seasonings.

"My enthusiasm for food has been even more developed in London, where there are many chances to meet a variety of cultures and learn about their foods. In comparison, Japanese dishes are simple and tasty, yet have become very popular. You can make hundreds of everyday meals with just five basic seasonings: shoyu, mirin, sake, rice vinegar and miso. The only difference is in the technique used when making the dishes."

Miles away from Japan, Atsuko's ambition is to re-create with her students the life and tastes of her mother's kitchen in Kyushu.

As well as teaching, Atsuko also caters regularly for private parties and cafés using her unique style of Japanese cooking.


Also in Recipes - Vegan, Macrobiotic & Japanese

Vegan Tofu Pad Thai
Vegan Tofu Pad Thai

March 08, 2017

This Pad Thai recipe is absolutely delicious. I have kept it as close to the original as I could get whilst making sure it is full of only the best unrefined, healthy and nourishing ingredients.

Continue Reading

Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour American Style Pancakes
Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour American Style Pancakes

February 27, 2017

If you have not experimented with aquafaba yet, then you must. Aquafaba, or chickpea or bean water has taken the vegan world by storm as an egg replacer, simply drain your chickpeas and whip up the water which will behave like egg white. We folded sweetened aquafaba into a gluten free pancake batter to make lighter American style pancakes.

Continue Reading

Buckwheat Breton Galettes With An Autumnal Filling
Buckwheat Breton Galettes With An Autumnal Filling

February 22, 2017

Buckwheat is a commonly used gluten free ingredient, often seen in classic Breton pancakes. Filled with sticky apple, apricot and pinenuts these make a delicious pudding, or indulgent brunch.

Continue Reading