Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup

Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup

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A simple and quick meal packed with flavour. Ideal for lunch or dinner.

The flavour of the soup comes from the pork and leek. It surprises me how flavourful this soup is with so few ingredients. With only six ingredients who knew something so simple will taste so good.

Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup Ingredients I can usually get this meal made in under 15 minutes from start to finish. We usually eat it for lunch when we get home from an errand, are starving, and want something on the table fast. it works well in winter as well as hot summer.

A couple of key things to make this soup. First the noodles, they only need to boil about 3 minutes, then rinse them and place them in a bowl with cold water to stop them from cooking. You want them a little under cooked so that when you place them in the bowl for serving and pour boiling broth over them they don’t turn to mush, rather they warm up but are firm.

Slice the veggies, all two of them, thin. Like paper. They will cook quicker, which is what you want, but also they will wrap around the pork slices nicely and there will be more pieces in the soup for eating, while they absorb the broth.

Slicing the vegetables for Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup

Third don’t over-cook the pork and veggies when you first put then in the pan. The tendency i to let it cook “a little longer”. Nope don’t do it, just 3 minutes on medium high heat then add the sauces and water. Put it back on medium heat until it begins to boil and you are done. Cook no more. Really that’s all you need.

If you cook the meat too long it will turn out tough and stringy, which is not a desirable result. So cook just enough, more is not better in this case.

Cooking the veggies and meat for Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup

Of course as with anything asian inspired I always recommend serving with chop sticks to add to the fun of eating. Plus it let’s you have a slurping contest with others at the table as you drink the broth.

Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup Plated

When it’s all set and ready to go, enjoy. To make it look fancy adding in some quick garnish such as green onion makes it look even more fancy.

The recipe and instructions are below along with a video to help show the steps in making the soup. Try it out and let me know how it goes. Thanks, Delicious Eric.

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Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup

  • Author: Delicious Eric
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Cooktop
  • Cuisine: Japanese


Japanese pork and soba noodle soup is a quick tasty meal for lunch or dinner when you want something satisfying and fast. It’s simple to make with only six ingredients. As a bonus you can have it on the table ready to eat in under 15 minutes.


Japanese Pork Soba Noodle Soup

  • 8 ounces sliced pork
  • 4 white mushrooms
  • 2-3 inches of leek
  • 3 table-spoons soy sauce
  • 2 table-spoons mirin sauce
  • 1 bundle/serving soba noodles
  • 1 cup water


  1. Boil soba noodles for 3 minutes, drain and place in bowl with cold water to stop cooking.
  2. Slice thin mushrooms, leek and pork.
  3. Cook pork on cooktop medium-high heat for three minutes, no more.
  4. Add to pan, soy and mirin sauce. Then add in water.
  5. Return to cooktop and bring to boil, about 2 minutes.
  6. Place soba noodles in soup bowl, add pork, vegetables and then pour in broth.
  7. Garnish with green onion and serve with chop sticks.

Keywords: soba, soup, noodles, pork, easy to make, 6 ingredients, japanese, lunch, dinner, recipe

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