Hegi Soba

There are a lot of delicious soba noodles everywhere in Japan. Today,
We’re gonna introduce Hegi soba from Niigata prefecture! What makes Hegi soba unique is the noodles that are made only from the unique Japanese seaweed called funori and buckwheat flour, and they have no wheat flour. The noodles have plenty of moisture, so they’re slippery and silky smooth. You’ll fall in love with the unique texture in your mouth.

What does Hegi mean?
Hegi refers to a wooden tray. Hegi soba noodles are from the Niigata area, Tokamachi in Niigata is famous for kimono (a Japanese style dress) and they call a tray as Hegi that woven wool goes into. The origin started when they started putting soba noodles in hegi bowls.

They place soba on a tray like they put the material from a cocoon for a kimono on a hegi tray. The waves of shaped soba noodles look so beautiful.
Bonito broth is used in the stock and it matches with hegi noodle’s flavor.
The salt is adjusted nicely so it’s recommended to dip soba noodles in the dipping sauce.
Also, another unique aspect of hegi soba noodles is that they put mustard on it instead of wasabi.

When I came to Japan for the first time, I was embarrassed making noise when eating soba and ramen noodles. I’m used to it now, but why do Japanese people make noise when they eat noodles?

It is a unique Japanese way of eating and what we do is suck in the sauce and soba in one go. Soba noodles are all about the feeling in your throat when you eat. We make soba noodles mostly focusing on the feeling in your throat when sucking them down, it is the correct way of eating soba noodles and it is cool to suck them up quickly so that you can enjoy the flavor of the sauce and buckwheat flour at the same time.

Another fun way to have their soba noodles is eating with freshly deep fried seasonal veggie tempura and Japanese sake.
Please don’t hesitate to try them and enjoy tasting these magnificent noodles by sucking on them excitedly.

Video produced by JAPAN FOOD TV







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