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Eden Selected, 100% Whole Buckwheat Soba, 8-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
- Rich and warming food
- Hand cut and air dried noodles
- Protein and essential amino acids
- Vitamin C and other health benefits
- Used to make sushi and other tasty dishes
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Traditional Cooking Instructions for Japanese Noodles: You can boil the noodles as you would any other pasta or you can use the traditional Japanese style of cooking noodles, which takes a little longer but is well worth the effort. This method is referred to as the shocking method, cold water is added to boiling water several times during the cooking process, creating a more firm, tastier noodle. For this method, place 2 quarts of cold water in a large pot, cover and bring to a boil. Remove the cover, add the noodles and stir to prevent sticking. As soon as the water comes to a boil again, add enough cold water to stop the water from boiling (about 1/2 to 2/3 cup). Bring to a boil again, and add cold water again. Repeat one or two additional times until the noodles are done. Periodically check the noodles by removing a strand and biting or cutting it in half. If the center of the noodle strand is white and the outside is darker, the noodles are not done. When the center of the noodle is the same color as the outside, and the noodles are firm yet tender to the bite they are done. Rinse Japanese noodles under cold water to prevent clumping.
I'm not sure why Eden doesn't include the instructions on the package but they are on their website.
Yes, I put a little peanut oil in the water and do the cool/boil 3 times over the 8 minute cooking time. I made my own Tsuyu sauce because it's much less expensive than the prepared suace and easy enough to do. The recipe is simple:
3 cups dashi (bonito and konbu (kelp))
1 cup dark soy
1 cup mirin (or sake with 3/4 cup sugar)
It lasts for months in the refrigerator.
Update: Oddly, I did the oil thing and they still got clumpy this past time. We discovered if you rinse them with water while they are in the strainer, as soon as you take them out of the pot, they separate and are perfectly normal again. Hope this helps!
Japanese people do not stir-fry their soba noodles, as far as I can tell, so if you want to go that route you're on your own. The Japanese tend to eat all their noodles wet. Soba is often in hot soup, but the best way in the summer is to use a dipping sauce. You can buy one from an Asian market (I like Yamaki brand). Sometimes you're meant to dilute the dipping sauce by half or a third with water. Into the dipping sauce grate some radish, slice some scallions, and put a dab of wasabi paste. Mix it up. Then pick up a small clump of soba noodles, put them in your dipping sauce, and then slurp some of those noodles up into your mouth. Make sure that you take in air as you slurp and don't suck too tightly or the noodles will fly up and hit you in the eye! Repeat.
When you've finished your noodles, pour some of the left over boiling water into your dipping sauce. Mix and drink! It's healthy and delicious and all the best restaurants do it. Itadakimashou!
For one serving: I just break the noodles in half (or smaller pieces, just take a bunch and break all at once) to fit into about 1 cup or so of hot water (heated in the microwave), then heat on high uncovered for about 4 min, check to see if it needs a little more zap time (or just leave it for a few more minutes in the hot water). I have a low power microwave (500 W), you will need to experiment. Then rinse with cold water in a collander, and add whatever you want. Then you can warm it up again for a hot dish.
The same technique can be used for any kind of pasta, just don't try pure semolina wheat - it disintegrates. A mix with durum wheat or any whole grain pasta of any kind works well. Be careful not to overcook corn pasta, though. Some rice pastas are short-cooking, but Pastariso or Lundgren rice pastas cook longer like any wheat/kamut/spelt pasta. Corn and rice pasta need the cold rinse approach, others might not.
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The only 100% buckwheat noodle I have been able to find. My favorite noodle...Published 2 months ago by Kathy Luch
These are good but a little tricky to get the hang of cooking properly. My family members did not care for these noodles so i did not reorder. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Linlanart
I had thought Eden's soba was a super healthy option. Not so much when it reduces health care access. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cedar
Great product. The one-star review is strictly because it can be purchased online directly from manufacturer EdenFoods for $85.10, plus $10 for FedEx Ground shipping. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by DMG
Real deal. 100% buckwheat. YUMMMMMMMM. This is not only truth on packaging but also a very delicious noodle. A bit on the expensive side thou.Published on November 17, 2013 by EddieR
This is an excellent alternative for those who are trying to watch what they eat. You need to rinse them with cold water after you are done cooking them in order to get them not to... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by californiakisses
First thanks to everyone who reviewed. All of you assisted me with cooking a quality product.
These noodles mix well with just about any seasoning you can throw their... Read more
I was all excited to receive the substantial package containing the soba, but when I opened up the outer box and looked inside, I found this note on the inner package: "Made on... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by R. H. Lee
Boil, rinse in cold water, dash of sesame oil, then add your stir fried vegetables on top. OH SO GOOD.=DPublished on May 9, 2011 by Alvin