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okinawa-style fried thin white noodles

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 333 kcal
  • Total Time: 15 m
    • Prep: 10 m
    • Cook: 5 m
  • Japanese: Sōmin-tashiyā
Okinawa-Style Fried Thin White Noodles


Step 1

step 1:

Chop the scallions (or chives).

Step 2

step 2:

Pour the water into a pan. Bring to a boil and add the dried thin white noodles (dried sōmen). Boil for 2 minutes, or follow the cooking instructions on the bag.

Step 3

step 3:

Add a cup of cold water to the pan if the water starts to boil over. After boiling, drain the noodles in a colander and quickly run cold water over them.

Step 4

step 4:

Because too much starch and salt on the noodles can make them taste slimy, wash them with your hands under cold running water to remove any extra starch.

Step 5

step 5:

Heat the salad oil in a frying pan and sear the noodles on medium heat.

Step 6

step 6:

Add the salt and soy sauce. Saute and stir them for a couple of minutes.


Serve in a dish. Sprinkle the chopped scallions (or chives) and bonito flakes (optional) over the top.


This recipe is very easy and tastes good. This dish is very popular in Okinawa. Okinawa is a small island and, being located about 400 miles from the mainland, is the most southwest of prefectures in Japan. The Japanese word for this dish, sōmin-tashiyā, reflects the Okinawa dialect where sōmen is referred to as sōmin.