Japanese cuisine is simple, attractive, flavoursome and healthy.
Based on fish, fresh vegetables, grains and noodles the Japanese diet bears a striking similarity to the Mediterranean diet. The history of noodles and pasta is lost in time, but it is certain they have both been around for 1000s of years. The reason is simple: they are nutritious, filling and quick to prepare.
It is no coincidence that the Japanese and Mediterranean diets are believed to play a key role in creating the healthiest, longest-living populations on the planet.
The recipes on this website are an introduction to the world of flavours and the multitude of easy meals that can be based on versatile, wonderful authentic Japanese organic noodles. Hakubaku has created five varieties of delicious, authentic Japanese organic noodles for Australian kitchens.
Soba noodles are thin, brown to grey, Japanese noodles made of wheat and buckwheat flour. They are roughly as thick as Italian spaghetti, and are used in various hot and cold dishes.
Soba can be served with various toppings, hot in a soup broth or chilled, and served with a dipping sauce, scallions and wasabi. Soba can also be used in stir fries and salads.
In Japan, soba noodles are found everywhere. They can be a popular, inexpensive fast food, an expensive exclusive specialty restaurant item, or made at home.
There is research to indicate that Buckwheat has substantial health benefits as a regular part of a diet.
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Japanese Udon noodles can be round, square or flat with a texture suitable for more hearty dishes. They are made from wheat flour, salt and water.
Although Udon noodles can be served cold, these thicker, soft, but slightly chewy, white noodles are usually served hot with various toppings, added to a hotpot dish and cooked with other ingredients, or sometimes included in a curry soup.
Udon can replace soba in traditional soba recipes and some dishes even mix soba and udon noodles to give a variety of textures.
Cooking Instructions: Boil for 10 minutes
Boil for 8 minutes for stir-fries
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Ramen are thin, Chinese-style noodles made from organic soft wheat. They have a slightly chewy, pleasing texture and are suitable for hearty dishes.
Introduced from China in the late-19th century, ramen noodles have been modified and are now fully adopted as Japanese favourites. They are particularly popular among young people.
Ramen are often added to a hot chicken or pork broth with various toppings, such as sliced pork, seaweed, kamaboko, scallions and even corn.
Boil for 4 minutes for soups and salads
Boil for 3 minutes for stir-fries
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Somen is the thinnest of all Japanese noodles. They are almost like vermicelli, and are quick to cook. They are made from a hard organic wheat that gives a different texture and bite.
Somen is often served cold in Japan. During the hot summer months it is even served in iced water with a dipping sauce. Somen is also added to stir fries and soups, including the famous Vietnamese noodle soup, pho.
Cooking Instructions: Boil for 2 minutes
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Cha Soba noodles are soba noodles made from buckwheat and wheat flour with the added ingredient of green tea powder.
In Japan, Cha Soba is considered a delicacy and is only consumed on very special occasions. The green tea flavour does not suit some dishes.
Both buckwheat and green tea are considered by many to have substantial health benefits as a regular part of a diet.
Cha Soba is packed in light-proof foil packaging to protect the nutritional value of the tea, which begins to degrade when exposed to oxygen or light, and to keep the fresh flavour of the green tea.
Cooking Instructions: Boil for 6 minutes
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