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Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Dressing

Summer ready cold soba noodle recipe – cucumber soba noodles with sweet chili soy dressing! 

Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Dressing. Delicious, light, refreshing and more-ish. A perfect summer dish. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Soba noodles are one of my favorite noodles and I often think about a new way to indulge myself into this deliciousness.

In the last few weeks, I couldn’t stop thinking about pairing some cucumber with these soba noodles and also with homemade sweet chili soy dressing. They just sounded like a perfect match to me.

This soba noodle dish is a perfect for late spring or summer days. It’s light, refreshing and more-ish. I keep think about it even just a few hours after I have these noodles. They’re addictive!

Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Dressing. Delicious, light, refreshing and more-ish. A perfect summer dish. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Thankfully, Brisbane (in Australia), where I live displays reasonably constant mild weather most of the colder months. So I can appreciate this goodness pretty much all year round.

It’s also a quick and easy meal. You should be able to whip this up in 15 minutes or less. Sounds good? Then why not try this recipe out this weekend? I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as I do.

Ingredients for Cucumber Soba Noodles, 2 servings

  • 1 large chilled Lebanese cucumber (170g, 6 ounces)
  • 2 bundles of soba noodles (180g, 6.3 ounces)
  • Dressing for soba noodles (mix these in a small bowl)
    • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp raw sugar
    • 1 Tbsp gochugaru (Korean chili flakes)
    • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
    • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 hard boiled egg (optional), halved to serve on top of the noodles

* 1 Tbsp = 15 ml

How to Make Cucumber Soba Noodles

1. Make the sweet chilli soy dressing by mixing the listed ingredients above.

Sweet, Chili, Soy Sauce | MyKoreanKitchen.com

2. Rinse the cucumber thoroughly. (I used the skin as well, as I think it’s visually more appealing. But you can peel the skin off if you wish.) Removed the seeds. Thinly slice the cucumber like a match stick. (You could use a julienne peeler or spiralizer per your preference.)

Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Dressing. Delicious, light, refreshing and more-ish. A perfect summer dish. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

3. Cook the soba noodles in rapidly boiling water until al dente. (Follow the directions from the package.) Drain the water and cool down the noodles under cold running water for about 1 minute. Stir the noodles with some tongs or your hand while it’s under the water. Drain the noodles well.

Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Dressing. Delicious, light, refreshing and more-ish. A perfect summer dish. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

4. Put together the noodles, cucumber and dressing in a large mixing bowl and mix them well with your hands. (Wear a food handling glove). Serve it in a pasta or noodle bowl. Alternatively, you could serve them individually without mixing them so your guest has some fun mixing these together. In this case, about 2 Tbsp of the dressing sauce per person should be adequate.

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(serving option #1)
Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Sauce
(serving option #2)

 Notes

  • If you are a seasoned cook who can multi-task and work fast, you can cook the noodles first and while they’re boiling, you can make the sauce and get the cucumber ready. Then you should be able to create this dish under 10 mins. However, if you are not that person, I suggest you follow the steps above. This should ensure that you are not overcooking the soba noodles and also you can use the noodles straight away. (If you don’t, the noodles will swell and stick together.)
  • You should mix the noodles, cucumber and dressing together when you are about to eat. Otherwise the noodles will steal your sauce away and it will taste drier.


Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Dressing. Delicious, light, refreshing and more-ish. A perfect summer dish. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Sauce Dressing

Delicious cold soba noodles dressed in sweet chili soy dressing. It's a perfect way to beat the summer heat!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 large chilled Lebanese cucumber (170g)
  • 2 bundles soba noodles (180g)

Dressing for soba noodles(mix these in a small bowl)

  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Korean chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 hard boiled egg (optional), halved to serve on top of the noodles

Instructions

  • Make the sweet chilli soy dressing by mixing the listed ingredients above.
  • Rinse the cucumber thoroughly. (I used the skin as well, as I think it’s visually more appealing. But you can peel the skin off if you wish.) Removed the seeds. Thinly slice the cucumber like a match stick. (You could use a julienne peeler or spiralizer per your preference.)
  • Cook the soba noodles in rapidly boiling water until al dente. (Follow the directions from the package.) Drain the water and cool down the noodles under cold running water for about 1 minute. Stir the noodles with some tongs or your hand while it’s under the water. Drain the noodles well.
  • Put together the noodles, cucumber and dressing in a large mixing bowl and mix them well with your hands. (Wear a food handling glove). Serve it in a pasta or noodle bowl. Alternatively, you could serve them individually without mixing them so your guest has some fun mixing these together. In this case, about 2 Tbsp of the dressing sauce per person should be adequate.

Notes

* 1Tbsp = 15ml

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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14 thoughts on “Cucumber Soba Noodles with Sweet Chili Soy Dressing”

  1. Hi! So I want to learn how to cook korean dishes and i came across your website and fell in love with it. Anyways I was wondering if we have to use those specific type of noodles? I dont think me and my mom will be able to find them in stores where i live. Thank you!

  2. I made this the other night and I think it will become a staple in our house! It was so quick, easy, and refreshing. I love tanginess so I added more vinegar and I julienned a carrot as well for some extra veggies.

  3. How can I change the recipie to substitute chchugsru with gochujang? I bought the wrong one and I’m not sure how to use it up now.>.<

    • Hi Minha, There are many Korean recipes that use gochujang, so you don’t need to worry about how to use it up. Just type “gochujang” in the search bar then you will see many recipes that use it.
      In terms of substitution in this particular recipe, you can start adding 1 tsp of gochujang and see whether you like the taste. You can increase a bit more if you want it to be spicy.
      Though as this recipe is designed to be used with gochugaru, the taste will be different to what I intended. Nonetheless, it should still work.

        • It turns out I didn’t have any white vinegar or sesame seeds either >.< (I really need to go shopping). I ended up improving my own version. I used the 3 tables spoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of raw sugar. Then I added about a teaspoon of gochujang, a teaspoon of lemon juice (to substitute the acidity), a teaspoon of sea same oil (to replace the sesame seeds) and some garlic (didn't really measure that one). It wasn't very spicy. Being Indian, i am very used to spiciness, so I added what could be considered the Indian version of gochugaru and some ginger that I found in the freezer. It turned out great actually! Definitely a keeper!:)

  4. So happy I have found your blog, Sue! I love Korean food and I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Your cucumber soba noodles look fantastic! I remember seeing soba noodles in Woolies a couple of years ago. Had no idea what I am missing on 🙂

  5. Hi, Sue! I’m really enjoying your blog! I’ve come to love all things Korean, and your recipes have inspired me to try cook many dishes. I was wondering, though, if you could put the Korean name (example Korean chili powder) in your recipes. Our Asian market carries many Korean ingredients, but I’m not sure if I’m buying the correct thing.
    Keep up the great job. I’m a huge fan!

    • Hi Eileen, The link I provided for Korean chili powder has Korean name written within that post. For your information, it’s called Gochugaru (고추가루). I’m also in the middle of compiling a list of essential Korean cooking ingredients so that would be a good resource when it becomes available. Anyway, thanks for your suggestion and also reading my blog. I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying my blog! 🙂

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