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As the summer heat swelters outside, why not stay indoors and enjoy delicious cuisine? Serve yourself a bowl of cold soba buck wheat noodles, along with spring onions and dipping sauce.
Don’t HESITATE to slurp and swallow. Soba noodles are made of natural buckwheat. Buckwheat, or “angle wheat” in Japanese, is named after its first phase as a plant with angular fruits. In Japan, on New Year’s Eve, families traditionally get together to eat soba and wish for a healthy life in the coming year.
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Making soba is not an easy task. First, use high-quality flour and just the right amount of water. Don’t forget to let stand once the flour and water have mixed. Flatten the dough and cut into thin noodles. Premium buckwheat must be made by hand, not by machine.
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There are two main serving methods: hot or cold. Hot soba with soup is usually accompanied by tempura or vegetables. If served cold, the noodles are cooked beforehand, then washed in cold water and served on a bamboo platter with bits of seaweed sprinkled on top. Savour the soba with spring onion and special sauce for a truly refreshing treat.
Japanese may be well known for their elegant and refined table manners, but it’s a totally different story when it comes to soba. Loud slurping is the surprising standard. It is said that when soba was first introduced, it was only consumed by ordinary people, who did not like to pose as nobles. Therefore, they simply ate in a relaxed and casual manner. Today, “slurp and swallow” is the golden rule.
Soba noodles are a staple of the Japanese family diet. But did you know that they originated in China? The main ingredient, buckwheat, can be found mainly in the Shina district of Nagano; however, the demand far surpasses the supply. Therefore, most of the buckwheat is imported from the Chinese provinces of Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. The top three soba are from Nagano, Shimane and Iwate in Japan.
Because of its high nutritional value, soba is the most popular type of noodles in Japan. Eating soba daily can help relieve high blood pressure.
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