Lime Horseradish Cold Soba – Delight in a bowl of cold soba noodles for Summer.
by Hakubaku Staff
When I was a kid, my parents sometimes took my sister and me to an old local soba restaurant. It’s already a long time ago, but I still remember the strong soba and dashi aroma from behind the counter. After our meal, my mom usually requested soba-yu (soba cooking water). It came in a cute small pot, and sipping the warm water was almost like a ceremony to finish our soba experience. In Japan, soba is comfort food that reminds us of what the good old days used to be like.
What is Soba-yu?
“Soba-yu made Oishii Soba Kuro” is made for people who would love to eat restaurant quality soba noodles at home. “Soba-yu made Oishii” means “even the soba cooking water is delicious” – which means we can enjoy not just the soba itself but also the soba-yu, like at a Japanese restaurant.
Soba Kuro means “black soba”. If you see this soba itself, it has a beautiful dark color. This kind of soba was made with whole grain soba flour with a higher level of barley than most soba. Look closer, you see the dark dots? It’s the rustic, freshly baked whole grain with an earthy flavor. Soba-yu made Oishii has a delicious, restaurant authentic flavor that made me very nostalgic. Read on to share my experience of summers in Japan with this simple recipe.
Lime Horseradish Cold Soba (2 servings), 10 minutes
There are many soba recipes In Japan, but one I like for summer is using citrus fruit. Citrus fruit like lime (in Japan we use Kabosu or Sudachi. They are lime-like citrus fruit), and a bit of horseradish or wasabi. This cold citrus soba recipe will be refreshing during the hot summer months.
- 1 bunch of Soba-yu made Oishii Soba Kuro BUY NOW>>
- 2 limes
- 1 cup of chopped green onions
- 1 cup of grated Daikon Radish
- 1-2 tbsp of horseradish or Wasabi
- 3 cups of cold Men Tsuyu Soup SEE RECIPE>>
- Cook the Soba-yu made Oishii Soba Kuro according to the package instructions. Keep the soba-yu (soba cooking water).
- Slice one lime thinly, and the other half. Chop green onions, grate the daikon radish.
- Pour soba dashi soup into the bowl, add cooked soba and sliced lime. When you eat, squeeze lime juice as much as you like, and add horseradish a little bit as a punch of taste. Add green onions and daikon radish. After eating soba, enjoy sipping soba-yu.
- TIP! If you still have the soba dashi soup and toppings, you can add it and eat together like a Soba-yu soup. Soba-yu contains excellent nutrients beneficial to health, such as vitamin B.
- Enjoy this bowl of soba and soba-yu like at a Japanese restaurant.
From the Kitchens of Hakubaku USA