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New Year’s Eve soba: goodbye 2014

I almost forgot to post, but for the sake of documentation, here is the soba with which we farewelled 2014. We also finished off our Stella Bella Chardonnay (Margaret River) and joined the revelry in Northbridge Piazza. Time flies like an arrow.

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2013 Soba

I’m having a hard time believing that it’s already time to adieu 2013. Well, I prefer even numbers, so I’m ready to get this show on the road. To usher out the year properly, and to wish for long (but not thick) life, we followed the Japanese tradition of eating soba on New Year’s Eve. […]

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Sweet potato soba

Our fridge was nearly bare, but Yusuke pulled together a very tasty dinner nonetheless. The main preparatory work involved making sweet potato tempura. He peeled the potato, cubed it, and coated it in katakuriko (Japanese potato starch), and then fried the pieces in canola oil. Meanwhile, he hard boiled a couple of eggs and chopped […]

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Nifty soba

This was an unusual soba dish that I can only describe as nifty. The original recipe focused on a ゆず / こしょう sauce (citrus/black pepper) and included bacon. Fortunately, Yusuke made modifications. The soba (buckwheat noodles) was boiled as usual. The toppings were: sweet potatoes: cubed and steamed in the microwave beet greens: chopped and boiled […]

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Magical soba

This dish was rather a nifty creation, in my opinion. Yusuke’s first task was to boil fresh bean sprouts: just a few minutes to retain a crunchy texture. Next, he halved cherry tomatoes, removed the seeds, and sautéed them in a dry frying pan (they had enough liquid alone). He set the tomatoes aside and […]

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New Year’s Soba

We had a nice, quiet family New Year’s Eve, made special by traditional New Year’s soba (thin buckwheat noodles). Yusuke put together his usual soba sauce: soy sauce mirin sake sugar dashi water The “toppings” were boiled daikon, spinach, and carrots, along with raw white mushrooms. We also had some leftover teriyaki chicken that my […]

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Kare soba

This dish wasn’t as healthy as our typical fare, but it was very filling, warming, and satisfying. Yusuke said that this dish could be drawn right off a soba shop menu. カレー南蛮 (kare nanban) is a typical Japanese noodle dish that usually has udon (thick noodles), chicken or duck, and a curry-based broth. It often […]

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Soba plate

Soba time again. Yusuke says that he dreaded soba for a while in elementary school because his mom made it nearly everyday for lunch during the summer. (It’s a typical hot weather food.) Fortunately for me, he has recovered and once again highly enjoys it. To prepare this dish, Yusuke sautéed slices of baby eggplant […]

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I’ve written about soba before… à propos of nothing, here’s another. Soba noodles—made of buckwheat—only take about 5 minutes to cook. Overcooked soba = disaster! To eat the soba, we filled our bowls with soba sauce (soy sauce, sake, mirin, and dashi) and mixed in a selection of mushrooms, chopped okra, shrimp and chicken. This […]

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Random veggies and soba

Two soba meals. (I wrote more about soba here.) The first bowl shows cold soba for summer. The sauce consists of dashi, mirin, salt, soy sauce, sake, and kombu (seaweed) broth. The toppings are green beans, wakame, shrimp, bean sprouts, and green onions. Fresh and crunchy. Chili flakes are sprinkled on top for extra spice. […]

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