Today’s theme is Soba (buckwheat noodles). Do you know what Soba is ? : )
What is Soba ?
Soba are traditional Japanese noodles. They are eaten in soup made from seaweed and fish stock. We often use Fried tofu, and deep-fried shrimp as toppings : )
Soba is made from buckwheat flour. The color of Soba is grey. It’s slim and long. To eat Soba, you dip cold noodles in a cold dipping sauce and lift them out and slurp it up. Soba tastes terrific : )
Several types of Soba
Let me intoroduce examples of several types of soba. First “Zaru-soba“. It’s served on a shallow bamboo basket(called “zaru” in Japan). Zaru-soba is very famous and is a popular item in Japan (please look at the picture above). Secondly, Soba also comes in a hot broth served in a large bowl with other ingredients. Usually, scallions and other garnishes are served with Soba.
Toshikoshi-soba (Soba eaten on New Year’s Eve) is one of the customs of Japan. We Japanese eat Soba on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) Wishing for happiness in the year ahead. So, many Japanese people eat it on New Year’s Eve. One of the theories for the origin of this custom is said to be the wish for a ”long healthy life” like the long shape of buckwheat noodles.
I hope my article is useful for you.
Thank you for reading this to the end : )