04/02/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Apr 03, 2014

The Soba Recipes That'll Compete With Ramen For Your Love

Move over, ramen. It's soba's time to shine.

Americans may be witnessing something of a ramen craze right now -- in New York, at least, there is hardly a hipper food. While we at HuffPost Taste are big ramen fans, there's another Japanese food that is stealing our hearts: soba.

Soba is the Japanese term for buckwheat, and we typically find soba in noodle form. It's a Japanese staple that is served everywhere from fast food restaurants to high end specialty restaurants, and is eaten hot in a soup or chilled with dipping sauces and garnishes.

Unlike so many American comfort foods, soba is a healthy comfort food. And they're also gluten-free. Soba noodles are both hearty and light at the same time, and they take very little time to cook -- making them a great choice for a quick weeknight dinner. They also hold up well as leftovers.

While you wait for spring to arrive, comfort yourself with a warming bowl of soba noodle soup. It won't weigh you down, so you'll be ready for spring, whenever it gets here. And when the temperature finally starts to rise, you don't have to say goodbye to soba -- the noodles taste great cold.

Here are 18 soba recipes that will comfort and energize you all at once.

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