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Toshikoshi Year-End Soba Noodles

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 7 ingredients

A bowl of hot soba noodles is a traditional evening New Year’s Eve dish in Japan. Loosely translated, “toshikoshi” means to end the old year and enter the next. The soba noodles symbolize the bridge...


  • 8 ounce soba noodles
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 piece of kombu, about 2 inches
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons chopped scallions, white and light green parts only
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Nutrition Facts


212 cals


1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


44 g


0 g


0 g


10 g


1348 mg


  1. Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, kombu and mirin. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the soy sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach.
  3. Divide the soba noodles between 4 bowls. Pour broth over noodles and top with scallions. Serve.

Chef Tips

The water from cooking soba noodles is a health drink in Japan. If you can’t find kombu, reserve the soba cooking water and use that, or if that doesn’t appeal, you can use a light, low-sodium chicken stock.

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