電脳蕎麦屋@信州

Kashiwaya Soba

Kashiwaya Soba

■ Introduction

Made from buckwheat flour,SOBA is a traditional and delightfully refrehingJapanese dish.Although most Japanese people are familiar with SOBA (which is traditionally served during New Year’s - the long noodle are supposed to represent a long life) ,very few people have the luxury of eating Shinshu Soba, the hallmark of Nagano Prefecture.

Eating Teuchi Soba, or hand made Soba, made by the capable hands of Mr. kuniaki Kashiwagi,is like drinking the sweet nectar of the gods - there is no going back to cheep substitutes. I myself, have been coming to this restaurant for the past two years, and I can say with firm conviction that there is no other Soba restaurant in Nagano City that can compare with it.

Time and experence enlivens the pallet and enriches the senses. Like other great cuisine of the world, Soba is the sort of food that invites a second,or even a third tasting, before its complex flavors, textures and rich broth can be truly appreciated by the senses.

Indeed, before coming to Nagano, I did not have a very favorable impression of Soba, and for due reason! Like so many other foreigners, my experience with Soba was limited to cheap Soba stalls and venues in Tokyo, or to dried Soba, which can be found in almost any department store in Japan.

Ah, it brnigs a tear to my eye that people’s understanding of Soba is limited to such small circles. This website is designed to introduce you to some of the finer points in appreciating this fine delicate cuisine.

■ The benefits of Soba

Soba is an amazing food, especially considering the many health benefits that it provides. Packed with vitamins, eating Soba improves your overall vitality and constitution by fortifying your capillary vessels and improving circulation. Additionally, Soba helps prevent high blood pressure and the hardening of the arteries. Soba is also salubrious for the liver. Its high fiber content insures that it will reduce cholesterol in the blood and prevent constipation. Lastly, its high carbohydrate content makes it the perfect meal before exercising.

I, myself,always come to this shop and eat Soba before my Aikido class. I find it impossible to exercise my body for two and a half hours on an empty stomach. I have also found that if I eat too heavily before exercising that Iexperience stomch cramps and drowsiness. I have found Soba to be the perfect medium - satisfying my hunger, and giving me the necessary carbohydrates to exercise, but without leavig me feeling bloated, cramped or drowsy.

Text by Ravi Kumar

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SOBA MASTER : about Soba, featuring James Udesky

The Process of Making Soba

to obtain the gourmet style of Soba, three conditions are necessary:
? Using freshly ground flour
? Mixing and rolling just before cooking, and
? Serving immediately upon preparation

Within the making process itself, the three main steps are mixing, rolling, and cutting. Of these, mixing is acknowledged to the most crucial stage. At the professional shop, a deluxe lacquered bowl is usad for step one, fine cypress rollers for step two, and a tall,wide knife for step three. this process is simulated on a large commercial scale employing machines, and can also be performed at home, using standard gquipment found in any kichien.

The Benefits of Eating Soba

Produces Youthfulness, Vigor, and Stamina:
? Abundance of Vitamin B1 and B2
? Contains high percent of easily assimilated, instat energy giving starch.
? Effective in case of exhaustion, irritabilitty, and loss of appetite.

Soba is an important ally in the prevention of many adult diseases:
? it contains Vitamin p which works to fortify capillary vessels, and taken together with Vitamin C provides a protective measur against high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.
? it contains dietary fiber, now receiving great attention for its many benefits, notably reducing bad cholesterol in the blood.

Reliable Supporter for Habitual Drinkers:
Contains choline, methoinine and niacin which facilitate proper functioning of liver.

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