Green Tea Soba Noodles
These Green Tea Soba Noodles infuse traditional Japanese buckwheat soba noodles with the delicate flavor of green tea leaves to create an authentic Japanese delicacy.
Per 10 oz package, bring a quart and a half of water to a boil. Add noodles and stir well, cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water.
Storage & handling
Store in a cool, dry place.
Wheat flour, buckwheat flour, green tea powder, salt. Contains wheat.
These Green Tea Soba Noodles are produced by blending buckwheat flour and other more traditional flours with green tea, creating an authentic Japanese-style noodle. The presence of buckwheat flour increases the protein content and creates a hearty texture that is different from Italian pasta.
These traditional thin, flat noodles are typically served either cold or at room temperature with a variety of dipping sauces, or hot in broth.
While now a staple of Japanese cuisine, Soba has its origins in China around 5000 BC. It did not become popular in Japan until the 16th or 17th century. Now, Soba Noodles are available everywhere from fine dining restaurants to carts on street corners, and are known around the world.
The word "soba" is sometimes used to refer to noodles in general in Japan, and there are numerous non-buckwheat regional variations on Soba Noodles. However, generally outside of Japan "soba" refers to the buckwheat variety.
Buckwheat is a nutritional powerhouse, ranking above wheat and rice in protein content and essential amino acids. Its protein characteristics make it helpful in reducing and stabilizing blood sugar levels, and also in reducing the enzyme that causes hypertension.
Green tea is another highly health-promoting ingredient, rich in polyphenols and other types of antioxidants that protect the body from environmental toxins. Some studies have shown that green tea may help prevent heart disease and certain cancers and reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.
In Japan, green tea is most closely associated with the traditional tea ceremony, a customary form of hospitality involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea, or sencha, loose-leaf green tea.
In Japan, Green Tea Soba Noodles are considered a delicacy and are typically enjoyed on special occasions, such as birthdays and weddings.
This traditional Japanese dish features cold noodles, served in a bamboo basket or on a bamboo mat, that are lightly dipped into a soy- and dashi-based sauce called “mentsuyu.” Traditional accompaniments often include thinly shredded nori, a dab of wasabi paste and chopped green onions.