Soba (そば) is a type of thin Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour.

In Japan, most thin noodles are called as soba, while thick noodles made from wheat are called udon. 

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You can serve soba either chilled with a dipping sauce or in a hot broth as a noodle soup. Cold soba is traditionally served on a sieve-like bamboo tray called a zaru and commonly garnished with bits of dried nori seaweed; it is served with a dipping sauce known as soba tsuyu on the side. The tsuyu is a strong mixture of dashi, sweetened soy sauce and mirin.