Soba noodles, made of soba (buckwheat) are most popular during the hot summer days of Japan. This is a simple, healthy dish that is really refreshing. Even my daddy likes it too which is always a positive sign.
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
- 400g soba noodles
- 2 sprigs spring onions, chopped
- Nori seaweed, grated
- Sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 cup tsuyu* sauce
- 2 cups of water
- First make the sauce by diluting* 1 cup tsuyu sauce with 2 cups of water and keep in refrigerator to chill. This step can be made a day ahead.
- Bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Place the soba noodles in the pot of boiling water and cook for about 7 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Drain the noodles into a colander and immediately rinse with cold running water for about 3 minutes or until water runs clear.
- While rinsing, take handfuls and gently swish and rub them in the water to wash off any trace of starchiness or gumminess on the noodles.
- After rinsing, soak the noodles in cold, icy water for about 5 minutes to ensure that the noodle is icy cold as it tastes best. Cold water kept in fridge or ice from freezer would come in handy.
- Drain the noodles and divide them among 4 bowls. Garnish with sesame seeds, seaweed and spring onions. Pour previously made soba sauce over the noodles. Serve immediately.