I often wonder what kind of dinner served on the family dinner table would not cause the brows of the boys to be furred up and dinner would proceed with the minimum of fuss and twitching and complaining about one another. Being a mum to two fussy eaters is quite a job in itself. Now this soba noodles with prawns has made its way to the good books of the boys & when this is served our dinner table conversation goes down to a minimum and the food disappears without any fuss and thankfully not into the garbage bin. The unique flavour of buckwheat noodles with the nutty taste of sesame oil combined and loads of vegetables that brings out the Umami flavours of the orient is certainly worth a try.
The first time I had soba noodles was during our stay in Tokyo, Japan. That was my first ever overseas experience as an expat and I lived and thoroughly enjoyed the variety and the magic of Japanese cuisine for nearly two years. I had such a unique opportunity to experience those umami flavours, especially huddling around an izzakaya in the cold winter months.
Initially I found it rather difficult to adjust my taste buds as I was so used to spicy and rich tastes of masalas and curries. Bland and mild tasting dishes didn’t fascinate me at all. Gradually I started trying them out and with a hint of wasabi, that hint of nerve gas equivalent that temporarily paralyses the senses. I managed to gulp everything down. Eventually over the years I have realised that I have fallen in love with the Japanese Cuisine.
Little wonder that if you ask me what’s your favourite cuisine apart from my traditional Indian cuisine I would not hesitate for a moment to say it is none other than the Japanese cuisine.
My boys have started appreciating these flavours as much as I do. Sushi is something they literally relish and often beg me to roll a batch for their lunch boxes. Introducing soba to them was just the perfect hand in glove fit. Now with summer season almost upon us, these cooked noodles simply serves us as a wholesome meal for busy dinner nights. Weekdays are practically busy with my work and then after school activities so these meals with way less preparatory work really comes in handy.
So let’s dive into the process of making a quick satisfying meal using buckwheat noodles popularly known as Soba.
HOW TO MAKE SOBA NOODLES WITH PRAWNS
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