These delicious buckwheat soba
noodles are one of Japan's best-loved
foods. They are so popular that certain restaurants have nothing but these noodles on their menus.
They take just minutes to prepare in hot water and have a distinctive nutty flavor that teams well with cold dashi broth, scallions, sesame oil and bean sprouts. This common preparation can also be embellished with shitake, pork, vegetables and tempura. They can be chopped and rolled with vegetables in nori for a vegetarian sushi, or coated with a sheen of butter and tossed with sautéed fresh vegetables.
However you nibble on them, don't forget to cook up a batch on New Year's Eve - slurping down these long noodles is said to ensure a long and happy life.
Note: these buckwheat noodles do contain wheat flour and yam flour.