Soba is a type of Japanese noodle that are made of buckwheat. They are often more of a grey colour, as opposed to noodles like udon and ramen. Soba is enjoyed eaten hot or cold, and is a staple dish to have on New Years Eve.
It’s a good source of Vitamin B1, known as Thiamine, which your body needs for metabolism, and helps cells grow and function healthily. It’s also a good source of protein, needed for building muscles, and fibre, which helps your digestive system run well!
Due to them being made out of buckwheat flour, it means that they’re gluten free! Gluten is present in so many foods, and many people are gluten intolerant, so soba noodles are a great alternative to pasta and other traditional noodles.
When eating noodles in Japan it’s normal to slurp the noodles up, which is considered rude in Western cultures. Not only does it help when eating hot noodles, as the air flow helps them cool down, making noise while slurping up the noodles is actually a compliment towards the chef, as it shows you are enjoying your meal. So next time you’re having some noodles in Japan, make some noise!