Okinawa Soba : Okinawa’s Specialty Noodle Dish like Udon

“Soba (蕎麦)” is a representative Japanese noodle dish that has been becoming popular in recent years in the world.

As you know, when we Japanese say “I want to eat Soba”, the Soba usually refers to buckwheat noodles.

The buckwheat Soba noodles are either served hot in soy-sauce-based Dashi-rich soup broth or eaten cold dipping in Mentsuyu sauce.

Although the buckwheat Soba is well-known, have you ever heard that there is another Soba noodle soup originating in Okinawa Prefecture?

Okinawa Soba (沖縄そば)

Okinawa Soba

The Soba is called “Okinawa Soba (沖縄そば)”. Okinawa Soba generally consists of slightly curly, thick wheat noodles in soy-sauce-based soup broth made with pork bones and dried bonito flakes.

The soup is light in color but well-seasoned and rich in flavor as the broth has plenty of umami of pork and bonito.


Although the Okinawan noodle soup is called “Soba (そば)”, the noodles are made from wheat flour, not buckwheat, and they are close in texture to Udon noodles.


Typical toppings for Okinawa Soba include pork belly, Okinawa Kamaboko, chopped green onions, and “Beni Shoga (紅ショウガ)” red pickled ginger is often prepared as a garnish.


Koregusu (コーレーグス)” is the Okinawan liquid condiment that is essential for Okinawa Soba.

The Meaning of Soba in Okinawa 

If the people living in Okinawa just say “Soba (そば)”, the Soba usually refers to Okinawa Soba, while general Japanese buckwheat Soba noodles are called “Nihon Soba (日本そば)” in Okinawa.

Soki Soba (ソーキそば)

Soki Soba (ソーキそば)Soki Soba

“Soki Soba(ソーキそば)” is the quintessential Okinawa Soba. As the name indicates, its main ingredient is “Soki (ソーキ)”, which are Okinawan-style stewed pork spare ribs.

(Reference Page : Wikipedia 沖縄そば )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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  1. October 6, 2017

    […] I wrote about Okinawa Soba before,I would like to tell you about Koregusu […]

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