Matsumotos Corner Vol.10

Soba – the most popular food
on the last day of a year

Soba is buckwheat noodles. I didn’t like soba when I was a kid. The taste was light and the texture seemed to be crumbly. But as I got older, I became more and more attracted of its simple and natural taste. I’m sure everyone has that kind of food, right? In Japan, ramen has become famous noodles, but traditional soba and udon (noodles made from wheat flour) are still very popular.

Now, about this soba. Many people eat soba in their daily lives. In addition, it is customary for the whole family to eat it on the last day of a year, that is, on New Year’s Eve. The origin of this custom varies. To entrust the wish for longevity to the thin and long noodles, or to cut off the bad luck of the year because the noodles are easy to cut. Also said to wish for financial fortune or good health. In one survey, as many as 80 percent of Japanese said they ate soba on the day (it’s called Toshikoshi Soba). Although it also includes instant cup soba.

There are two ways to eat soba, like wantan mee. One is to make with warm soup, another is to make without soup and dip it in rich sauce. Various types of toppings are also of your choice. Even in Malaysia, you can enjoy them at Japanese restaurants. Would you like to try it?