Okinawa Soba is similar to Udon rather than Ramen
“Soba (蕎麦)” is a quintessential Japanese noodle dish that has been becoming popular in recent years in many countries around the world. As you may know, when we Japanese just say “I want to eat Soba”, the Soba usually refers to buckwheat noodles.
The Soba buckwheat noodles are either served hot in a soy-sauce-based Dashi-rich broth or eaten cold dipping in Mentsuyu sauce. Soba noodle soup is well-known overseas, but have you ever heard that there is another Soba dish originating in Okinawa Prefecture?
Okinawa Soba (沖縄そば)
The Soba is called “Okinawa Soba (沖縄そば)”. In general, Okinawa Soba consists of slightly curly, thick wheat noodles in a soy sauce-based umami-rich broth made with pork bones and Katsuobushi dried bonito flakes. It has a Wafu (Japanese) taste and is similar to Udon rather than Ramen.
Although the Okinawan noodle soup is called “Soba (そば)”, the noodles are made of wheat flour, not buckwheat, that has been mixed with salt and alkaline water called “Kansui (かん水)”. So they are classified as a Japanese-style Chinese noodle or “Chukamen (中華麺)”, but the noodles are thick and close in texture and taste to Udon rather than Ramen noodles.
The Okinawan hot spicy sauce “Koregusu (コーレーグス)” is an essential condiment for Okinawa Soba.
The Meaning of Soba in Okinawa
When people living in Okinawa say “I want to eat Soba”, the Soba usually refers to Okinawa Soba, while Japanese buckwheat 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)” is a representative variety of Okinawa Soba. As its name indicates, Soki Soba features its main topping “Soki (ソーキ)”, Okinawan-style stewed pork spare ribs.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 沖縄そば )