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If you’re in Japan, one thing you will want to try is Nihon soba, or Japanese soba. If you’ve had it before, I’m sure you have a favorite, such as tempura soba or sansai (vegetable) soba, but you can find these sort of dishes overseas as well, so here we are going to introduce some of the rarer variations of the dish.
1. Oshibori Soba (おしぼりそば)bichelin.exblog.jp
While the name is the same as the Japanese for hand towel, this is just the name – the actual dish has nothing to do with hand towels. Oshibori soba is a style of eating from Nagano Prefecture where cold soba noodles are dipped in a sauce made of miso and spicy daikon radish juice.
2. Daikon Soba (大根そば)mukidouan.exblog.jp
Daikon soba is a local variation of soba from Sano City of Tochigi Prefecture where shredded daikon is placed on top of the soba noodles. The daikon either comes raw or boiled.
3. Wanko Soba (わんこ蕎麦)retrip.jp
One variation we recommend for big eaters is wanko soba. The soba comes in single mouthful portions, with new portions brought straight after the previous portion is finished. Once you are full, be sure to put the lid on the bowl, or the soba noodles will keep on coming.
4. Nishin Soba (にしん蕎麦)www.togetsukyo.co.jp
A famous variation on soba from Hokkaido and Kyoto Prefecture where sweetened boiled herring is placed on top of the soba noodles. It may look a little grotesque to some people, but you will definitely be surprised how good it is when you try it.
5. Curry Nanban (カレー南蛮)blog.livedoor.jp
Nanban was the name for chili peppers or onions in old Japan, so curry nanban is, as the name suggests, is soba noodles covered with curry sauce and spring onions. It is a delicious dish, even for those who don’t really like the flavor of Japanese soba.
6. Croquette soba (コロッケ蕎麦)bimi.jorudan.co.jp
In standing soba restaurants, this is a dish where the soba noodles are served with a potato croquette on top, but in the real croquette soba, the dish comes with a chicken jinjo (a fry with yam, egg white and stock added). You can find this at a restaurantt in Shinbashi called “Soba Dokoro Yoshida.”
7. Harako Soba (はらこ蕎麦)blog.goo.ne.jp
Harako refers to ikura, or salmon roe. Harako soba is a soba dish where salmon roe is piled on top of the hot soba noodles. Ikura is usually better eaten cold, but you will be surprised at how good it is if you try it. We also recommend this for people who don’t really like ikura.
8. Kamo Seiro (鴨せいろ)www.soba-sankou.com
Kamo seiro is a dish where the soba noodles are dipped into an onion and duck soup and eaten. The fat from the duck meat covers the noodles for a delicious flavour.
Well, what do you think? Next time you are in Japan, why not be adventurous and try some of the rarer variations of Japanese soba?