I am indebted to Maruchan Midori no Tanuki, a cup noodle product made by Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.
After all, I could eat soba noodles within a few minutes of pouring hot water into a cup. As a person who spared no time to study, it saved me a lot of precious time.
However, our daughter, perhaps it was a different time, said, “These are not real soba noodles! She says. For her, Soba is not Soba without croquettes in it.
However, it is very difficult to see croquettes of the size and thickness in a cup of “green tanuki”.
So we developed a simple way to cook authentic soba noodles. As you may have guessed from the picture at the beginning of this article, I would like to introduce the method.
The ingredients and tools you will need are: fresh or dried soba noodles, soup, a bowl, microwave tupperware, a microwave oven, and water.
And yes, of course, you’ll need chopsticks to eat it. Then you can add slices of green onion or use chili peppers if you like.
So, let’s take a look at the concrete details of the process. By the way, although it is easy to do, it cannot be done in a few minutes like a cup of noodles, you will need about 30 minutes.
Step 1: Make hot water
This is a Tupperware for the microwave oven, but this time we’ll use a Tupperware for the microwave oven, also known as a “pasta boiler”. You fill it with hot water, jabbing it with hot water. In our case, it’s enough for about 3 servings of pasta, or about 2/3 of the container. Then put it in the microwave and heat it for 7 minutes.
The trick to this is to keep it around 90 degrees C. Any more than that and you’ll be wasting your electricity bill and risk getting burned.
It’s true that cooking is a risk of injury, and the microwave tupperware in which the pasta is cooked is boiling to 100 degrees c. But that doesn’t mean you need to add unnecessary risk.
It’s true that you’ll probably get better soba noodles at 100 degrees C, but we’re happy with about 90 degrees C in our house.
So, pour the hot water into the bowl. Then add Soba-tsuyu to it, and the soup is ready.
Step 2: Boil the noodles
Now when you pour hot water into the bowl, there will be enough hot water for about 2 pasta servings. Throw the soba noodles side in there, cover and reheat in the microwave.
We use soba noodles with a 4 minute boil time, so we add 30 seconds to the cook time, which is 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Then, at nearly 2 minutes, it will start to boil.
It’s not that you need to boil the soba noodles at 100 degrees c. It’s just that you can’t boil them until they’re a little harder. You can adjust the degree of boiling to your liking.
By the way, the reason I put the lid on is because I want to get it to 100 degrees C as quickly as possible. My wife tells me not to cover the pasta, but I’m a “cover it” person. It makes cleanup (cleaning the lid) that much more of a chore, but I’m not going to compromise on that.
You can boil noodles or pasta roughly, but soba noodles seem to melt easily. Even if you put the soba into the pot early, it’s better to boil it immediately at 100 degrees C for the prescribed time.
Therefore, thinking about the next step, boil it quickly and drain the water quickly.
Step 3: Heat the bowl
After draining the boiled soba noodles using the microwave tupperware lid, we rinse them lightly in cold water. By doing so, I remove the sludge from the noodles.
By doing this, you can make soba noodles that are crunchy and firm. Put this into the bowl you just used and reheat it again in the microwave.
In our case, I warm it up for about 2 minutes. This makes the hot soba noodles, just like the “green tanuki”.
I am a sketchy person when it comes to taste, so I can no longer distinguish it from the soba noodles you can eat at an o-soba shop. My daughter is happy to eat it too.
Recently I noticed that our “pasta boiler” has the cooking instructions for “soba, oudon and somen” printed on it. However, the cooking process is like that of pasta, the boiling time is short, but the resulting taste is only “adequate”.
It’s a bit more work and takes nearly half an hour to cook, but you’ll get better results if you boil the water first.
Besides, with the method I introduced this time, it is possible to make three servings if you want to. By the way, while the bowl is being reheated, the soba noodles will be stretched out in three servings. So, to prevent the soba noodles from stretching, you should leave them in the draining state and use small bowls.
Summary: Eat and be satisfied
Well, that’s all for the instructions on how to make it. All you have to do now is to actually make it, eat it, and be satisfied with it. By getting used to making it, you will be able to serve soba noodles with a high degree of satisfaction.
The only drawback of this method is that it can’t serve 4 adults. As you might expect, the microwave tupperware is limited to three servings.
In the case of more than four people, you can rely on the straightforward method or the “green tanuki” comes into play. You may be able to get rid of the soup with an electric pot or a thermos, but it’s difficult to boil soba noodles in a microwave oven.
Well, I’ll leave it at that. See you soon.