What is Soba?

What is Soba?

Noodles Nutrition

In Japanese Soba (そば) means buckwheat or also the noodles made from buckwheat flour. Buckwheat itself is a gluten free ingredient although when making soba noodles it is common to add a certain quantity of wheat flour (usually 20 or 40%). For 100% buckwheat flour noodles, look always for ju-wari soba (十割そば). These typical Japanese noodles can be eaten either cold, with a soy based dipping sauce (tsuyu) or in hot broth, as noodle soup. Either way is delicious! Cold soba noodles Soba Nutrition Facts Buckwheat is rich in protein and has eight kinds of indispensable amino acids. In contrast,...

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Kizami Udon

Kizami Udon

Noodles

Kizami Udon Generally udon noodles can be served in many ways. Today we present a particular healthy way of eating udon and tofu. Kizami Udon consists of a bowl of hot broth with udon noodles, deep-fried tofu and green onion (naganegi). In this case, the deep-fried tofu is slightly toasted and sliced into rectangles. Then the sliced toasted tofu is layed on the top of the noodles among the green onion and chives. The result is a nutritious, restorative and textured dish!

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Japanese summer foods: Soba and Unagi

Japanese summer foods: Soba and Unagi

Noodles Nutrition

It is summer in Japan and to beat these hot and humid days that affect our personal state (the so called natsubate or summer heat fatigue) we should also change the foods we eat. For instance, two great foods to eat during the hot Japanese summer are cold soba (buckwheat noodles) and unagi (eel). In this occasion, we went to Nagano and enjoyed a meal set with these two ingredients (see picture below). Soba and Unagidon Meal Set Let's explain a little bit more in detail why soba noodles and unagi (eel) are good ingredients to eat during the summer....

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