Recipe for Shiwasu (December) : Soba-gaki (Soba dumpling)
As a child, I grew up with parents who favored soba and I naturally became a soba lover. It was when I was in high school that I had my first “soba-gaki”, or soba-dumpling. Add water to buckwheat, heat while stirring with a bundle of chopsticks. And when cooked wrap with seaweed and add a dash of soy sauce and sansho pepper. I was overwhelmed with the flavor of soba and how it brings out the best of the ingredient. In Japan it is customary to have “toshikoshi soba”, or New Year’s eve soba, but this could be an alternative way to have buckwheat for a change.
Key Notes: To quickly stir buckwheat with water to make a fine mixture and trying to add air to make it light. This will make it full of scent, flavor, and taste.
Soba gaki (proper portion)
Buckwheat grits 50g
1. Add buckwheat and water in a pan, stir well. Cook in medium heat, stir well with 5-6 chopsticks in one hand and swiftly make a mixture. When big bubbles start to appear, stop heating.
2. Add 1 in a bowl with hot water. Wrap with seaweed and enjoy with wasabi and soy sauce.
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