Soba is a centuries-old staple of Japanese cuisine.

These noodles are made by combining buckwheat flour and water, making it into a dough that is evenly sliced into very thin portions similar to spaghetti.

According to National Geographic Travel, the popularity of soba noodles began to rise in the 1600s during Japan’s Edo period. The nutrient-rich noodles were eaten to prevent beriberi, a disease caused by thiamine deficiency.

Known for its nutty flavor, soba noodles are now found around the world.

You can have your noodles in the regular warm broth known as bukkake soba.

There’s also the option of taking the noodles cold with a dipping sauce known as zaru soba.

So which would you prefer?

Trade the ramen crunch and flavor packet for these nutty, delicate Japanese noodles. https://on.natgeo.com/2A6zMF9

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Thursday, 13 December 2018

 

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