Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and eaten in noodle soups or chilled with a sauce. It has a nutty flavor and often times also made with wheat flour, so they are not gluten-free. The thickness of soba noodles are similar to spaghetti and great served both in cold and hot recipes.
Buckwheat flour, the main component in soba noodles, is a good source of protein, fiber, iron and carbohydrates and thiamine.
It is Japanese tradition to eat soba noodles on New Year’s to signify longevity and prosperity and Tensuke Market has a variety of delicious soba noodles for you to try at home.
Below are a couple of easy soba dish ideas you can make at home.
Chilled soba noodle dishes:
- Zaru soba: chilled soba served with shredded nori seaweed
- Soba salad: tossed with sesame dressing and raw vegetables
Hot soba noodle dishes
- Tempura soba: shrimp tempura with hot broth
- Seaweed soba: shredded seaweed with hot broth
- Hot boiling, unsalted water
- Stir in water to prevent sticking
- Cook fully according to package instructions about 5-8 minutes
- Prepare a big bowl of cold water, no ice
- Once done, put the soba in cold water and stir (or use your hands)
- Drain and cook according to preference
How have you made soba noodles at home?
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