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Quick & Easy Soba Recipe
New Year's Day is an important day of celebration in Japan. There are many traditions associated with this holiday, and one is to eat soba (buckwheat noodles) on the evening of December 31. The long, thin noodles symbolize long life, and buckwheat is a resilient plant and symbolizes strength. Make sure you eat the soba the evening before New Year's, though, as it's considered bad luck to eat it after midnight. Watch that clock!
What You Need:
6-oz package dried soba noodles (available at most grocery stores)
8 cups water
soba noodle soup base (available in Asian markets, see picture)
2 tbsp chopped scallion
1 tsp roasted white sesame seeds
What To Do:
1. Boil 6 cups of water in a large saucepan.
2. Add soba noodles to water and cook for approximately 5 minutes, until noodles are al dente.
3. Drain, rinse with cold water to stop cooking, and set aside.
4. In small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup soba noodle soup base and 2 cups water. Stir to mix. (NOTE: Follow dilution instructions on the soup base bottle if they differ from this. Some soup bases are 1:8 instead of my suggested 1:4)
5. Pour soup into four small bowls and divide soba noodles evenly between bowls.
6. Top with chopped scallions and roasted sesame seeds.
7. Serve and enjoy!