Recipe: Cold Vietnamese Soba

This recipe is from my week of failed menu planning. It was my second noodle dish of the week (first – Miso Eggplant Soba).

This is “Vietnamese” only because I added fish sauce and because cucumbers are vaguely Vietnamese (because lots of Vietnamese dishes have them; they don’t come from Vietnam). Vegan/vegetarian alternatives to fish sauce include (but are not limited to): vegetarian fish sauce, papaya juice, other fruit juice, rice vinegar + sugar, apple juice, and so on. I made this dish for lunches, and it was just as good as the other soba dish I made last week. Again, I don’t usually do noodles for lunch, but this was satisfying. I would probably have it for dinner (or even breakfast!) too.

Maggie’s Cold Vietnamese Soba


  • 1 bundle soba noodles (1.5-2 servings; they come in bundles)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (could cut this down)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small/medium cucumber, sliced or chopped
  • dash of soy sauce (or bragg’s liquid aminos)


  1. Cook noodles as directed (boil for 4 minutes; rinse in cold water).
  2. Toss noodles with olive oil, chili powder, fish sauce, scallions, cucumber, and soy sauce (or bragg’s). Add more or less of the saucey ingredients, to taste.
  3. Serve garnished with cilantro (last week’s herb of choice).

So simple. I made this on Sunday afternoon (last Sunday, the 18th) when I was in a cooking mood (2 batches for 2 lunches). Sunday prep makes it easier to bring lunch during the week.

What’s your go-to lunch?

0 comment on Recipe: Cold Vietnamese Soba

  1. Pearl
    30 April, 2010 at 7:15 am (7 years ago)

    Maggie – it’s been so long, but I’ve always been reading! those soba noodles look great for a summer lunch!

    congrats on your engagement!

  2. Pure2Raw Twins
    30 April, 2010 at 7:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Soba noodle dish looks great. My go to lunch is a green smoothie of some sort, I know boring but I love them 🙂 and they are easy to make.

  3. Gaby
    1 May, 2010 at 12:25 am (7 years ago)

    I made a trip out to the Asian market last week so I”m fully stocked with exotic goods! I made an awesome noodle dish tonight that made me think of all your favorite foods. I threw it together so I don’t really know how to give you a recipe, but I took soba noodles and cooked them. The sauce I made with these oatmeal looking packets of what is supposed to be a healthy porridge type thing. The instructions are in chinese but I think it was some different grains and flours, seaweed, and vegetables. I tried it in porridge form but it didn’t work with sweet foods, so I use them to make thick soups and sauces. So I cooked that with some onion and dried wakame seaweed (that reconstituted in the water) added in ginger paste, then threw in the noodles and some sauteed onion. I know it’s totally a “weird, throw together whatever I have after getting home from work at 7:45” dish but was really good!

  4. sophia
    1 May, 2010 at 2:19 am (7 years ago)

    My “to-go” lunches always seems to change…but my fave is always some kind of variation to sandwiches. These days, brie+ apple+ avocado+ cream cheese grilled sandwiches/wraps.
    My dad actually makes a noodle dish like yours every single day, almost. It’s his favorite, and the only difference is that he adds tons of kimchi. 🙂

  5. Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)
    2 May, 2010 at 1:15 am (7 years ago)

    Oh YUM! I’ve always wanted to play around with soba noodles. I love their heartiness.