Tororo Soba with Natto

One of my favorite ways to eat natto is with soba (buckwheat noodles).  This recipe is very easy to make and is very healthy.  Great for a light lunch or for breakfast.

Prep-time: 15 min

Serving size: 1 person

Soba with Natto

Soba with Natto


  • Soba
  • Natto
  • Nagaimo (Japanese sweet potato)
  • 3 Shiso leaves
  • Green onion
  • Mentsuyu or sobatsuyu


1. Boil water in a pot for the soba.
2. While the you’re waiting for the water to start boiling, chop up the shiso leaves and green onions.
3. Grate the nagaimo to make a puree, (called tororo).
4. Open the natto, add the soy sauce packet and mix.
5. Boil the soba noodles, usually for 4-8 minutes, or more depending on brand, (read and follow instructions on the back of the soba).
6. Take the soba out of the boiling water and rinse under cool water.
7. On a separate plate, place the soba, shiso, tororo, natto and green onions.
8. Pour on some diluted mentsuyu, (2 water to 1 mentsuyu), over the whole thing and enjoy!

This dish can be served in many different ways.  It can be served hot as well and with different types of toppings.  If you have another way of eating soba that you would like to share, please post a comment! =)

One Response to “Tororo Soba with Natto”

  1. TK says:

    Looks good! Pouring a little bit of soy sauce over the tororo might be a good touch, as tororo is usually eaten with some soy sauce and aonori.

    Quick spelling fix: for the category, it’s “vegetarian”.