Appetizing Japanese Traditional New Year Buckwheat Noodles from Tokyo. Authentic Recipe of Toshikoshi.

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Japanese Traditional New Year Buckwheat Noodles from Tokyo – Toshikoshi Soba was first served during the Edo Period between 1603 to 1868. Since it is made from buckwheat, noodles are thicker, representing the cutting away of bad things that happened within the year.

Soba is a healthy noodle, so many believe that it symbolizes long life, so it is eaten during the year in the hope of longevity.  Customs and beliefs of eating Soba may differ depending on where you live or family traditions. For example, some Japanese people eat Toshikoshi for dinner while others only consume it during New year’s eve.

Traditional families eat Soba while listening to the ringing of bells from temples. It gives a heartwarming experience, especially during a Buddhist service called Joya no Kane. It is a service wherein bells are rung in different temples nationwide 108 times.  Japanese traditional dishes like Soba are passed down to generations, but they also carry a symbol attached to the country’s food heritage. If you get to spend your New Year in a Japanese household, it is better to stay up and wait for the Soba to be served.


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Appetizing Japanese Traditional New Year Buckwheat Noodles from Tokyo. Authentic Recipe of Toshikoshi.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: 年越しそば, 年越し蕎麦
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Difficulty Easy to Cook
Price Level Normal Price
Main Ingredient Group Flour Made, Grain – Seeds, Noodles
Spice Level No Spicy Recipes
Dish Type Soups, Soups (Hot)
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering)
Occasional Cooking New Year Recipes

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Servings 2 Persons
Calories / Serving 386 kcal

Ingredients
 

Soup

  • 3 cups Water For soaking the Kelp Leaf
  • 1 pc Dried Kelp Leaf
  • 1 tbsp Dry Tuna Flake – Katsuobushi – Okaka – Dry Bonito Flake You may skip if you are a vegetarian
  • 1 tbsp Sake
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 200 grams (7.05 oz) Soba Noodles – Dried Buckwheat Noodles

Toppings

  • 2 tbsp Seaweed Dried Wakame
  • 1 cup Water For soaking the seaweed
  • 2 pcs Kamaboko – Japanese Fish Cake
  • 1/4 tsp Shichimi Togarashi / Seven Flavor Chili Pepper

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Prepare and measure all ingredients accurately ahead of time.
  • Soak the dried kelp overnight. Set aside the water to be used as kombu water.

Homemade Soup

  • Using a medium saucepan, pour the kombu water with the dried kelp and bring it to boil over medium fire.
  • Take out the dried kelp and discard.
  • Add the dried bonito flakes and simmer again for another 30 minutes. Take it out of the fire and allow the flakes to sink into the bottom of the pan. Let it steep in the soup for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the soup using a strainer with fine mesh and discard the dried bonito flakes.
  • Pour the soup back into the saucepan, then add mirin, sake, light soy sauce, salt, and simmer. Set it aside after.

Toppings

  • Soak the seaweed into the water, squeeze and set it aside.
  • Soak the seaweed into 1 cup of water, squeeze and set it aside.

Soba Noodles

  • Boil the dried soba in a pot according to package instructions, but usually, it may take 30 minutes.
  • Drain the soba noodles and rinse using cold water to eliminate excess starch.
  • In a serving bowl, pour the noodles and the soup over the soba.
  • Top it with seaweed, fish cake, and green onions. Serve while it's hot.

NOTES

  • You may substitute mirin with 2 tablespoons dry sherry and 1 teaspoon caster sugar.
  • If you cannot find dried bonito flakes, then you may use chicken flakes, tofu, or boiled eggs.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Healthy Recipes, Whole Food Recipes
Special Diet Recipe High Fiber Recipes, Low-Fat Recipes
Religious Cooking Buddhist Recipes

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 17gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 2551mgPotassium: 305mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Japanese Traditional New Year Buckwheat Noodles, Toshikoshi Soba Recipe, 年越しそば, 年越し蕎麦
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