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Soba noodle

Soba noodles are one of the most popular foods among Japanese people.
It’s made of buckwheat, flour and water.
Generally, it’s served with the rich dipping sauce, wasabi, and finely chopped Welsh onions (negi).


Soba has been loved by Japanese people since old times. In addition, it’s also considered auspicious because of it appearance.
In Japan, it’s believed that the long, thin noodles mean a long life.
So, people wish for longevity and good fortune by eating soba


We tried making soba last December, so I’ll tell you about it.

We visited ‘Soba dojo Inakaya’ in Kusama, Niimi City to learn how to make it.
Kusama area is famous for soba producing.
It took 1hour and 50min by car from the centre of Okayama City.

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Here we go

 
In the soba lesson, a master of soba will show you the ropes.
So, you don’t need to worry if you’ve never made soba before
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According to the master of soba (our instructor), the most important thing is the quality of buckwheat.

For that reason, only freshly-ground buckwheat is used in the lesson.
Furthermore, the buckwheat we used was shin soba (new soba)’ which was just harvested one month ago (in November).
Shin soba contains the right amount of moisture, and it also has fresh aroma


So, give it a go

We made ‘nihachi soba’.
It 's made of a mixture of flour (20%) and buckwheat (80%).
The reason for adding flour is that it made the noodle smooth and springy.


First, blend together flour and buckwheat in the big bowl.

Make sure it’s mixed enough, then add the water in the bowl and mix it again
You shouldn’t add the water at once, do it in twice or three times.
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When you mix it, use your tip of fingers
 

As the powder gets lumpy, loosen it with your palm.
In a while, the dough will get harder, so knead it.
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This process is really important for making soba
In addition, you should knead quickly because the dough dries as time goes by.


Ok, I’ll do my best…
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Roll the dough into a ball.
And roll it on the table.  The surface should be smooth.
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Then push it and make it flat.
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It's done This is calld soba dama (soba ball)’.
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Next, roll out the dough with a rolling pin.
Make it round at first.
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Then roll out each corner.
The dough is easily torn, so be careful
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After that, roll the dough around the rolling pin.
Make sure if the dough is about 2mm thick
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Put the starch powder on the dough, and fold it.
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Cut it rhythmically
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Komaita (a small chopping board)’ helps you to cut the dough thin.


It was the hardest part for us...
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It looked easy when I saw the way, but it wasn’t true.
The width of the noodle should be 2mm, but it's extremely difficult to cut it
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I did it What a relief
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Of course, you can eat your soba after making it

This iszaru soba (cold soba)’.
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Enjoy soba with the dipping sauce.
I also recommend you to add grated wasabi in the sauce, as it complements the taste of soba.


One more thing, when Japanese people eat soba, they make a noise.
Soba should be slurped up with gusto, noisily. So eat it in that way
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My soba didn’t look so beautiful, but it tasted wonderful


This is ‘kenchin soba’, soba in the miso soup.
It’s a local specialty of Niimi.
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It has some ingredients such as chicken, carrot, taro, white radish etc…gorgeous
It was pretty good, filling as well


I really enjoyed making soba
It was a bit harder than I expected, but it’s worth trying
So, why don’t you try and taste it



Soba dojo Inakaya
Address: 8729-2 Kusama, Niimi City
Tel: 0867-74-2077
Lesson time (booking needed): 10:30-15:00 (April-September) 
                                                       10:30-14:00 (October-March)
Close: Mondays (open if it’s a holiday)
Price (lesson fee): 2100yen / 1 person, 2625yen / 2people
                                 2940yen / 3people, 3150yen / 4people 
                               If you are more than two people, you are going to take turns when you make soba

Additional fee (for cooking) :Kenchin soba 270yen / 1 person
                                                 Zaru soba 160yen / 1 person
www.city.niimi.okayama.jp/usr/village/



              
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