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Rock and Roll


Quick and easy is the name of the game these days, at least when it comes time to throw together a meal.  My latest fixation is based on one of my favorite dishes, but slightly tweaked to cut down on cooking and prep time.  It’s not rocket science or terribly innovative stuff, but fun, tasty, and takes about 10 minutes total to slap together.  Just think sushi, but ditch the rice and reach for some soba noodles instead.

Pick any sort of soba you’d like (pictured above are matcha-flavored noodles, thus the lovely shade of green) and tie 1 – 2 ounces together at the very end of the bundle with kitchen twine or clean crochet cotton. Toss into boiling water, and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Meanwhile, chop up any veggies (or tofu, tempeh, even beans!) you have on hand into thin match sticks. Here, I went with carrot, cucumber, red beet, avocado, shiitake, and daikon sprouts.

Drain and lightly rinse the cooked noodles in cold water, and let dry for a minute or two. Lay out a sheet of nori on a dry, clean workspace, and carefully drape the noodles over about half of the sheet. Cut of the top of the bundle that’s become fused together, and spread the noodles as evenly as possible. Place your veggies and other fillings in the center of the noodles, and wrap the whole thing up like you would for any sushi roll. Cut into 6 pieces with a very sharp knife, and serve with soy sauce.

Even if you aren’t pressed for time, this variation makes for a nice change of pace from the standard white rice sushi!

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

56 thoughts on “Rock and Roll

  1. That’s genius, Hannah!

  2. Yum! This inspired me to make dinner tonight rather than go out like we normally do on Friday nights. thanks! :)

  3. OMG it’s very funny and very appetizing what ever !
    Nice colors yummy yummy ♥

  4. I disagree, I think this is pretty darn innovative! Well done, Hannah.

  5. What a wonderful idea Hannah ! I wouldnt have thought about it !I’m used to eat green-tea flavored noodles, but matcha must be much much better. Very nice picture as usual !

  6. Hannah, what a cool, colorful idea this is. I am loving it!

  7. I LOVE your blog! I haven’t been on in a while, but I tried your red velvet cupcakes a while back (with some very minor tweaks) and they were great!

    This is FABULOUS! What a great idea =)

  8. What a great idea!

    Beautiful, too!

  9. This rock and roll really rocks with all those fresh flavor and color.

  10. I’m totally trying this, those rolls look gorgeous and yummy!

  11. You´re so smart- I love you ;)

  12. Finally, something to do with those soba noodles and sheets of nori in the cupboard. Leave it to you to solve all culinary dilemmas! Thank you!!

  13. I love making soba but I never thought to roll it into sushi. This looks great!

  14. Very cool idea! They sound tasty and really make for a lovely presentation.

  15. These are adorable! I love homemade sushi but have definitely never thought to substitute soba for the rice. What a great idea!

  16. Genius! I’d love to try this one day!

  17. what a great all the flavors and the color–lovely


  18. I like the sound of this sushi variation. Great idea!

  19. Whoa, those are gorgeous rolls. I love the idea of soba rolls!

  20. Zaru soba with green tea noodles was my favourite restaurant meal in Japan… trust you to beat the Japanese at their own cuisine! Looks beautiful :D

  21. You are SO creative, what a brilliant and beautiful idea. I love sushi and filling them with soba noodles is pure genius. I bet this is ridiculously good!

  22. What a lovely idea! My husband and I eat soba frequently and I’ve been collecting recipes for a vegetarian “sushi” night. We will definitely be trying this one. Thanks!

  23. Oooo, these are so awesome. I kinda wanna try to make them just because they look so funny and colourful. Sushi looks so versatile, eh, I know someone who likes making sushi cakes with chocolate cake and fruit toppings. These soba noodle sushi rolls would be so great at a dinner party ;] “…so, how long have you left these sushi rolls out?”

  24. Looks awesome! Such pretty colors too! I’ve always wondered how the noodles get lined up so nicely in sushi rolls. :-)

  25. OMG this is so clever!!! I love the color of the noodles! These look great :)

  26. I just love the look of that sushi. I bet I’d love the taste even more. Super idea.

  27. aww too cute :) and easy!

  28. Great blog! Loved reading!

    Best, Bruce Mackh

  29. I’ve made sushi with just about every kind of rice imaginable, but never with soba noodles – what a great idea!

  30. What beautiful sushi! And I had no idea that matcha noodles existed–wonder if I can find some at my Asian grocery…

  31. I love quick and tasty dishes like that as I seem to be short on time always!

  32. This is so neat! I had no idea matcha-flavoured soba existed. I bet they are delicious.

  33. love the rolls and such a great idea.

  34. Hannah, you are always so creative…love the idea of using matcha soba…they look so cute, great color… and I am sure that it tastes as good as it looks :-)

  35. Brilliant idea! I’ve never seen matcha soba noodles before, but they look so pretty!

  36. What a great idea! I would never have thought of soba-sushi! How fun! I bet these would even make a good hors d’oeuvre for a party. They are so pretty.

  37. Those rolls look so lovely and flavorful! Great job of simplifying the sushi process.

  38. I Love Love your blog! Coming over from! These rolls look divine!
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    Mama Holli

  39. What a brilliant variation on yummy sushi! I love the way the noodles look all stacked neatly that way–tying the ends is just genius. And while I love sushi with rice, I bet this tastes equally delicious.

  40. I really must get ahold of those matcha soba noodles! I completely love how you reinvented sushi here.

  41. Those rolls look so lovely and tasty!

  42. Beautiful rolls!! I’m not a sushi person and even I’d give em a try! :)

  43. the matcha really does give those noodles a beautiful color :)

  44. Me like very matcha! ;)

  45. Soba in sushi, how creative! And the green noodles are lovely.

  46. Wow. This is a brilliant idea. I have read quite a lot of cookbooks and i have never seen this before. Its wonderful. I think i may try it tonight – thank you!

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  48. I have a TON of soba to use up…this is by far the most creative recipe for it I’ve seen. I’m so excited to try it!

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  50. I love this site great post.. I will book mark this thanks!

  51. What a wonderful idea Hannah ! I wouldnt have thought about it !I’m used to eat green-tea flavored noodles, but matcha must be much much better. Very nice picture as usual !

  52. nice thank’s for share i like it….

  53. it was great, awesome post by the way.

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