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Are Soba Noodles Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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As an integral part of Japanese cuisine, soba noodles feature as the starring ingredient throughout many types of dishes – but are they suitable for those of us on a plant-based diet? Keep reading to discover all.

Soba noodles

Traditional (or some might say true) soba noodles are made from 100% buckwheat flour. In Japanese cooking, they can be served cold with dipping sauces, within hearty noodle soups and fried with vegetables and sauces.

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Are soba noodles vegan-friendly? 

Yes, generally speaking, soba noodles are suitable for vegans as they’re made from very few ingredients that are all plant-based: buckwheat flour, water and salt. Even some less traditional soba noodles that also contain wheat flour are still vegan-friendly.

Are soba noodles gluten-free?

Even though the name buckwheat might sound like it’s full of gluten, the grain-like seed it’s made from isn’t related to wheat at all. So when buying traditional soba noodles that are entirely made from buckwheat, they will be naturally gluten-free.

What next? 

If you’re now craving some soba noodles for dinner this evening, but are unsure what it is exactly that you want to cook, check out this post of our favourite vegan soba recipes for all the inspiration you need. 

Keep your plant-based questions coming our way in the comments section below.


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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