What is Soba Noodles?
“Soba”(そばor蕎麦) literally means “buckwheat” in Japanese. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours. It can be prepared for various hot and cold dishes. Hot ones are usually served in a bowl of steaming broth with small dishes, while cold ones are served on a bamboo tray and eaten by dipping them into a small bowl of soup known as “Mentsuyu”, a clear broth made from dashi diluted with water.
The Obubu’s Hojicha Soba Noodles are made from a combination of buckwheat flour, wheat flour and Hojicha Powder, which adds a delicious extra toasted flavor that is not found in the regular Soba Noodles.
Also, to make the experience even more authentic for Hojicha tea lovers, we recommend to dilute your dashi with Hojicha instead of water…!
What is Hojicha ?
Hojicha (焙じ茶) meaning ‘roasted tea’, is still a green tea although it is not green in colour. This type of
tea is, unlike common green tea, brown in colour as the leaves are roasted in order to achieve their unique character and nutty flavour. Hojicha can originate from either Sencha, Bancha or Kukicha but most often one would find it made from the slightly bigger and coarser leaves of the sun- grown Bancha or Kukicha. As these leaves are more dense and show a firm structure they are not so heat sensitive and can easily be further processed by roasting after steaming and drying. For roasting the tea leaves evenly a charcoal or sand roasting technic is often used for the final step. By bringing the tea to a high temperature almost all of the tea’s caffeine is extracted from the leaves. This makes Hojicha a wonderful drink throughout the day and especially suitable for the evening. Due to its roasted flavor it is often consumed by people who want to change from coffee to tea.