How to Make Soba Noodles from Scratch

Soba is a type of thin Japanese noodle made from a combination of buckwheat and other type of flours (e.g. wheat flour). The buckwheat gives the noodles a slightly nutty taste. In Japan, it is served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.

Soba noodles only have about half the calories and carbohydrates as compared to typical white flour pasta.

Soba contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in wheat flour. It is also a good source of nutrients like manganese, lean protein, carbohydrates and thiamine. Since buckwheat does not contain gluten, buckwheat noodles are a good choice for people following a gluten-free diet.

Commonly Asked Question: Why is my soba dough so crumbly and doesn’t come together?

The crumbly texture is quite common when working with an all buckwheat dough since it is gluten-free. That is one of the reasons why many homemade soba noodle recipes uses a combination of  wheat flour to make the dough easier to work with. It needs a binder, and using wheat flour for example helps it stay together a bit better. In traditional wheat breads, the binder is gluten, which is formed as the dough is being worked – it is that formation which makes the mixture a dough, rather than a wet paste or grit.

A dough made from just buckwheat flour and water will crumble easily. The binder produced this way is very weak and the noodles becomes very fragile, dries out and prone to coming apart easily. Making authentic soba noodles is an art form requiring years of experience to perfect.

How to Make Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat flour is a healthy wheat flour alternative and is one of the most versatile flours. It is gluten-free which makes it a good choice for anyone with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. 

Buckwheat flour is packed with nutrients, readily available, easy to work with and has a nice nutty flavor. It is high in fiber, protein, niacin, amino acids and vitamin D. It is also rich in potassium, phosphorus, iron and calcium. The protein in buckwheat is said to be one of the best sources of protein available from plants and it contains all of the essential amino acids.

In Japan, buckwheat flour is used to make soba noodles. In Russia they are known as blinis. In France, buckwheat is used to make galettes. In the Ukraine, hrechanyky are a type of yeast rolls made from buckwheat.

If you do not have any wheat or gluten sensitivities, you can blend buckwheat flour with wheat flour to boost both nutrition and flavor. If using buckwheat for bread, no more than half of the total flour should come from buckwheat.

How to make Buckwheat Flour: http://food.onehowto.com/recipe/how-to-make-buckwheat-flour-9943.html

Warm Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) Salad with Soy-lime Dressing

Have you tried soba noodles before? Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It’s a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat flour. Here’s a wonderful soba recipe filled with loads of healthy ingredients!

Warm Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) salad from superfoodista.com

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This dish’s inspiration comes from Japan. Soba noodles are an important staple of the Japanese cuisine. There is a dish in the Japanese cuisine with cold soba noodles, but for this post, I turned it more in a type of warm salad. I actually got the idea to make a salad with these soba noodles from Allison from the beautiful blog “Spontaneaous Tomato” (she takes amazing pictures!). She made an amazing and so yummy looking Vietnamese style soba noodle salad, which really inspired me, but I tried to stick to Japanese in this dish and I mixed in all kinds of different flavor elements of the Japanese cuisine 😉 I hope you will like this very “fusionized” recipe, it’s very fast and easy to cook up, therefore perfect for a week-day dinner.

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Share Your Buckwheat Recipe

Quote by Julia Child via etsy - Michael Dexter

Image source: Etsy – Michael Dexter

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, i really appreciate the support. I started this blog 5 months ago didn’t imagine that it would be well received. As you can see this focus of this niche blog is about this awesome ingredient – Buckwheat.

I’m sure that most of you are awesome cooks and wanted to know if any of you have your best buckwheat recipe you would love share with others. It can be a recipe that you have tried from a cookbook or created on your own. It could be a main dish, side dish or dessert. I would love to post it here.

Your recipe has to have buckwheat as one of the main ingredients.

HOW TO SHARE YOUR RECIPE?

  1. You must have your own blog/website with the full recipe posted there. (Picture(s) is a must! A picture is worth a thousand words.)
  2. The picture(s) must be your own. If the recipe is from a cookbook, you also need to include a link to the book.
  3. I just need the link to your buckwheat recipe(s) page. You can post your link in the comments below or through my contact form here.

If your recipe is picked, I will choose 1 picture of the finished recipe and a link back to your blog/website. You can also share a brief write-up about your recipe (e.g. story, inspiration, tips).

There is no limit to the number of buckwheat recipes you can share, the more the merrier! The chosen recipes may not be posted immediately as I would like to spread it out overtime.

Really looking forward to reading each and every one of your awesome recipes. 🙂

Warmest Regards,
Amy

Traditional Japanese Buckwheat Cookies – Soba Boro

Soba boro cookie with gember and gomasio from cookiecompanion.com

Soba bora cookie from cookiecompanion.com

Soba Boro is a traditional Japanese cookie that is made with buckwheat flour. It is a traditional Japanese confection. The texture is said to be similar to biscotti.  I have not tried it myself as i have not been to Japan. But there is a recipe shared by www.cookiecompanion.com for this. The above images show one with with ginger and gomasio and the other plain. Gomashio is made from sesame seeds  and salt . It is often used in Japanese cuisine, sometimes sprinkled over plain rice or onigiri

For more info , here are two blog reviews about this cookie from Japan:

Buckwheat is not a Wheat

Why choose buckwheat

The common misconception about Buckwheat is that it is though off  as a wheat because of its name. Buckwheat is not a wheat, neither is it a grain although it is enjoyed in a similar fashion like a true grain. Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed. Because it is not a wheat, it does not contain gluten.

14 Tasty Buckwheat Recipes to Try This Weekend

14 Tasty Recipes with Buckwheat

Buckwheat is an excellent source of fiber, magnesium, copper, manganese and comes with many added health benefits. It may  also help people with diabetes.  What’s more its gluten free. Here are 14 recipes that shows how you can use buckwheat in your cooking including pancakes, crepes, noodles and porridge!

via Babble Food

The Soba Noodles Diet

soba noodles photo by @kevinv033

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat.  It is a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat flour and wheat flour. Soba noodles can be eaten chilled with a dipping sauce, or in soup.  It contains high amounts of fiber, minerals and vitamins B1 and B2.

In Japan, soba is mostly referring to noodles in general and this has been a staple of the Japanese diet.

Consuming soba noodles can be an alternative for dieting. It is low in calories and high in fiber, which makes it a great choice. Being high in fiber, it keeps you feeling full longer thus helping you to stop overeating and controlling your appetite. A great food to include in your weight loss program.

Combine soba noodles with other foods like vegetables, beans and meat (e.g. salmon) to give a healthy meal with plenty of nutrients for your body!

Soba noodles can be bought from supermarkets, or if not try your local organic stores.

What is Buckwheat? (1)

You might have hear it before, but what is this buckwheat about?

Let me try to explain this food as best as i can. In a nutshell buckwheat is a seed of a plant. It is NOT related to wheat or grass, it is more related to knotweed, sorrel, and rhubarb.

The name buckwheat comes from the term “beech wheat,” because of the plant’s triangular shaped seeds. These seeds resemble the seeds of the beech nut from the beech tree. Its scientific name is – Fagopyrum esculentum.  The plant is grown in many countries including China, Russia, Ukraine, France, Poland, Kazakhstan, and the United States. The seeds, also known as groats can be made into flour for use in noodles, crepes, and many gluten-free products. (E.g. Japanese Soba noodles)

If you’re wondering, here is a picture of what buckwheat groats look like.

buckwheat groats

Buckwheat Groats

More info about this amazing food here