How to eat Zaru-Soba

Have you eaten Soba in Japan? Especially you might wonder how to eat Zaru-soba (cold soba on “zaru” -bamboo sieve basket) or Mori-soba (cold soba on a plate) for the first time. So here showing you how to eat cold soba 😉

zaru-soba

zaru-soba

Zaru-soba is very simple but very delicious if you eat correctly.
I was so shocked when I saw one of my foreign friends eating zaru-soba by putting wasabi onto the soba and ate directly from Zaru (bamboo tray) then drank soba soup from the cup.  Arrr…!

So please eat like this way:
1. Put sliced long onion (white one) and wasabi into the soba soup and mix. Please do not put all at once. You may want additional spices sometimes later so use little by little.
2. Take some soba (moderate amount) from zaru and dip it into the soba soup. Then, slurp!
3. Say “yummy” – Oishii 🙂
4. Repeat 1-3 several times. You’ll be enjoying it.

soba-yu

Soba-yu

5. After ate all soba, you still have one more pleasure.
Pour Soba-yu into the cup with remaining soba-soup and drink.
(so please do not drink up the soba soup before Soba-yu arrives)
Soba-yu (そば湯) is hot water after boiled soba. That’s why its color is white.
Soba-soup (called Men-tsuyu: めんつゆ) itself is a bit salty, but diluting with soba-yu makes it mild and delicious.
Again, it’s Oishii! 🙂
Authentic soba restaurant brings you the soba-yu around the time when you finish eating soba.
But if not, you can ask them if you can have one. I’m sure they’ll bring it to you.

Please try zaru-soba (or it might be called Mori-soba too) when you visit Japan!

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The ambience of the authentic soba restaurant was very nice too!

Soba restaurant

Soba restaurant

Soba restaurant

Soba restaurant