Merah Hati Cintaku: Okinawa Soba 沖縄そば

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With chewy noodles, soaked in delicious pork and dashi broth, Okinawan Soba is a comfort and soul food to many Okinawans. This classic Okinawan noodle soup is a savory mix of umami tastes including tender stewed pork belly, slices of fish cake, chopped green onion, and red pickled ginger.

A white bowl containing Okinawa Soba and delicious Japanese dashi and pork broth, topped braised pork belly, fish cakes, green onion, and red pickled ginger.

Before traveling to Okinawa, my Okinawan friends here in the US would always tell me how much they missed Okinawa Soba (沖縄そば). They made it sound so delicious that I was starting to miss a dish I had never tried! Okinawa Soba was on the top of my must-try list when I arrived in Okinawa last December, and it of course did not disappoint. I can still remember the taste of the delicious broth, and knew I had to make my own version when I returned home. So I’m featuring my recipe for Okinawa Soba today with you.

Watch How to Make Okinawa Soba

With chewy noodles, soaked in delicious pork and dashi broth, Okinawan Soba is a comfort and soul food to many Okinawans.

A white bowl containing Okinawa Soba and delicious Japanese dashi and pork broth, topped braised pork belly, fish cakes, green onion, and red pickled ginger.

What is Okinawa Soba?

Despite the word “soba” in its name, Okinawa Soba does not include any soba (buckwheat noodles). As I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog, soba (そば) means “noodles” in Japanese. A good example would be the Japanese stir-fried noodles Yakisoba, which also doesn’t use buckwheat noodles. So what then is Okinawa Soba?

Okinawa Soba is a hot noodle soup consisting of a specific type of chewy noodles made with flour, water, and egg (see more below).  The soup is a combination of pork broth and katsuo dashi, filled with stewed pork belly slices, a few slices of fish cake, chopped green onion, and red pickled ginger.  It’s actually quite simple in taste and appearance, as well as cooking process (bonus!).  Let me get into the details for each component in this noodle soup:

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