Hey guys, Yuto here (@sudachi.recipes)
What are soba noodles?
One of the most popular Japanese noodles
When you think of Japanese noddles, what comes up first?
You might think of something else too.
Soba is a type of noodle made from buckwheat flour and has a distinctive greyish brown colour.
It has a great history of roughly 1400 years and considered one of the most iconic Japanese dishes along with Sushi or Tempura...etc.
From cold to hot
Soba can be served cold or hot.
As you can expect, people prefer cold soba dishes in summer and soba with hot soup in winter.
Most popular examples:
- Zaru Soba (ざるそば): Cold soba with dipping sauce
- Kake Soba (かけそば): Soba with simple hot soup
- Tempura Soba: Soba (Hot or cold) served with tempura
The list goes on and on! The possibility of soba is limitless!
What do Japanese people eat in summer?
Do you know what is the most common summer lunch dishes in ordinary Japanese homes?
I'd say cold noodles!
- Cold somen
- Cold udon
- Cold soba
- Cold ramen (冷やし中華)
Those are summery lunch legends!
It can be simply cold noodles with dipping sauce, or you can add extra ingredients like Hiyashi Chuka.
Cold soba with summer vegetables
In today's recipe, I specifically use 3 summer vegetables such as:
- Aubergine (Egg plant)
But the vegetable choice doesn't have to be limited to these above, you can use any popular summer vegetables in your country!
Seasonal vegetables are the best!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is soba noodles made of?
Soba noodles are made from mainly buckwheat flour along with normal flour and water.
What is the difference between soba and udon noodles?
Soba is grey-ish brown in colour and thinner than udon, whereas udon is white and tends to be very thick.
Can Vegans eat soba noodles?
The noodles themselves are vegan.