What is Soba?

Soba is the traditional Japanese noodle made from buckwheat. It is Japanese people’s favorite food. Soba contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, fibre, and more notably, a bioflavonoin called rutin that is known to reduce high blood pressure and slowing the aging process.

Eating Soba is a healthy choice.

The Goodness of Soba

You’d be amazed how nutritious Soba flour actually is. It contains eight amino acids and is a rich source of vitamins. In contrast, most other flours are limited in amino acids. In fact, a combination of just half Soba and half wheat flour could give you more protein than lean beef alone!

Planting the seed to good health

Protein is one of the most important nutrients we need to stay healthy. It consists of 20 amino acids, nine of which have to be taken from food since they’re not synthesised naturally in our bodies.
Soba contains twice as much protein as polished rice, much more than any other grain (except legumes). Lysine is one essential amino acid present in Soba in large quantities. It ensures adequate absorption of calcium, and aids in the production of antibodies and collagen. Soba is also high in arginine, for tissue and muscle repair.

It’s interesting to note that Soba proteins are very high in quality. The Amino Acid Score (used for evaluating protein quality), gives Soba a score of 92, out of a perfect 100 (that’s how much egg proteins register). In comparison, wheat flour and polished rice score only 41 and 65 respectively.

Research has also shown that for rice, the germ is removed during the polishing process. But for Soba, the germ is milled along with the rest of the seed into Soba flour. Could this be the key to its high nutritive values?

3 Types of Soba

Seiro-mono(せいろもの):

Chilled Soba dipped into thick broth. For example, Tororo Seiro (Soba with grated yam) and Kamo Seiro (Soba with duck meat).

濃いめのつけ汁で冷たいそばを食べる、“とろろせいろ”や“鴨せいろ”など。

Bukkake-mono(ぶっかけもの):

Chilled Soba in broth. For example, Yamakake Soba (Soba with grated yam) and Oroshi Soba (Soba with grated daikon radish).

冷たいそばに冷たい汁をかけた“山かけそば”や“おろしそば”など。

Tane-mono(種もの):

Warm soupy Soba with assorted ingredients. ’Tane’ is the Soba term for “ingredients”. Examples include Kamo Nanban Soba (Soba with duck meat) and Sansai Soba (Soba with wild vegetables).

温めた蕎麦に熱い汁をかけて色々な具を浮かべた“鴨南蛮そば”や“山菜そば”など。ちなみに“種”とは具のことです。

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