Soba noodles are a staple of Japanese food, served everywhere from noisy noodle houses to hushed fine-dining establishments. Their signature nutty flavor comes from thiamine-rich buckwheat flour, and they’re used in all kinds of dishes, from brothy noodle soups to elegant cold salads. (Some have speculated that the buckwheat in soba helps make up the nutritional difference for all the thiamine that’s stripped from white rice, another Japanese staple.) We’re especially fond of this organic, all-buckwheat version from Eden Foods. It’s perfect in miso soups and delicious as a base for cold sesame noodles, and it packs a significant nutrient wallop with plenty of nourishing protein from the buckwheat flour. Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat – it’s actually a grass, not a grain, making it a delicious choice for the gluten intolerant.
Find these for about $6 at your local natural grocery or order from www.edenfoods.com.