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Okinawa noodle dish, Japanese food, Somen noodle, Somenchanpuru, stir-fried somen noodle recipe


Rico McConnellRico McConnell
It is stir-fried SOMEN noodles with canned tuna/ Spam, vegetables seasoned with Bonito dashi, and soy sauce in Okinawa prefecture's local cuisine. Chanpuru is an Okinawan dialect that means "mixed up"/ "mixed together" and refers to stir-fried dishes. It's a simple, easy to cook, light, mild noodle dish for quick lunch and dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Blunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • 2 bundles dried SOMEN noodles
  • 1 tbsp Toasted sesame oil *for noodles
  • cup Carrots, Julianned
  • cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • cup Leeks, sliced
  • ½ canned Tuna in oil *optional
  • 1 TSP Hondashi
  • ½ tbsp Japanese dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Toasted sesame oil *for cooking
  • 1 tbsp Japanese sake/ Shochu (Awamori)/ White wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Bonito flakes *optional
  • Beni-Shoga pickled ginger *optional
  • Chopped green onion *optional


  • Gather ingredients.

Cook SOMEN noodles

  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil.
  • Cook SOMEN noodles 1 minute less than the package instruction.
  • Drain the water, rinse off the starch well.
  • Drain the water, and drizzle toasted sesame oil and mix well. Set aside.

Stir-fry Ingredients

  • Preheat a non-stick frying pan, and add oil.
  • Cook leeks and carrots, then add mushrooms over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle Japanese sake/ Shochu (Awamori)/ White wine, cook ingredients for about 2 minutes.
  • Add canned tuna in oil. Add the oil in a can your desired amount. Stir all ingredients. Add Hondashi powder, soy sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.
    *the oil can add flavor.
  • Add cooked SOMEN noodles. IMMEDIATELY, stir all ingredients well while shaking and turning the frying pan rather than using a pair of tongs.
    *Avoid mixing them using the pair of tongs too much. The noodles will be sticky.
  • When all ingredients are well combined, serve the noodle.
    Garnish with bonito flakes/ "Beni-shoga" pickled ginger/ chopped green onion if desired.



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Keyword Easy, frying pan, Hondashi, Izakaya, Nibbles, Pasta & Noodles, Stir-fry, Traditional, Vegetarian