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Vegan soba noodle soup

A beautiful, simple and low fat soup. It’s free from meat and dairy and is a great protein boost if you’re in need of one.
Course: Spicy mains
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: bok choy, noodle soup, noodles, soba noodles, tofu, vegan
Author: Emily Leary


  • 1/2 pack of tofu
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce not all soy sauces are vegan, some contain lactic acid from animal sources. If you’re unsure, you can substitute with Liquid Aminos, which is available from health food stores and should be labelled vegan-friendly
  • 1 wrap of soba noodles
  • 1/2 head of bok choy
  • 1/2 red chill
  • 1 vegetable stock cube check the box to make sure it's vegan-friendly
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds


  • Slice the tofu into three layers as if you’re making layers of a cake, creating three thinner pieces
  • Place on a plate and cover with half the soy sauce, flipping a couple of times to ensure even coverage, then griddle until just beginning to blacken. For this, I used my Tefal Optigrill which works brilliantly because it presses out the excess moisture and you finish up with a great texture.
  • Put the soba noodles on to boil in plenty of water – they only take a few minutes
  • In the last minute or two of cooking, chuck the bok choy leaves in with the noodles just to soften them a little, then lift back out
  • Drain the noodles and place in the bottom of your bowl, top with the bok choy leaves, then sprinkle over the sliced chilli
  • Make up 400ml (13.5 fl oz) of stock and add the remaining soy sauce, then pour into the bowl while it’s still piping hot
  • Top with the tofu, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve


Raw or lightly cooked bok choy can be quite bitter. I like it, but if you’d prefer it a fully cooked, chuck it in with the noodles for the full cooking time so that the leaves wilt and darken.