Savory Soba Noodles with Vegetables in Broth


  • 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 strip naturally cured bacon or 2 tbsp. dried bonito flakes
  • 2-3 inches kelp, soaked and sliced thin
  • 3 shitake mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 2 tbsp. shoyu or tamari
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 head baby bok choy, sliced thin
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 eight oz. package of soba noodles, cooked according to directions on package
  • 1 tbsp. kimchi per cup of soup

Bring chicken stock, , mirin, bacon (or bonito flakes) and kelp to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and cook 5-7 minutes. Add shitake mushrooms and carrots and cook 2 minutes. Add shoyu and sea salt and taste the broth. For a lighter brother use less shoyu. Add baby bok choy and cook 1-2 minutes or until bright green. Place cooked soba noodles into individual bowls and ladle broth and vegetables on top. Garnish with minced scallions and a tablespoon of kimchi.