Soba, which is a kind of Japanese noodle, is one of the symbols of Japanese cuisine. There are a lot of kinds of soba such as zaru soba, tempura soba, green tea soba, kake soba (soba noodles in broth), and oroshi soba.
Fukui’s oroshi soba is one of the most well-known kinds of soba in Japan. It’s soba noodles served with grated Japanese radish, green onions, and katsuobushi (small shavings of dried bonito) on top.
There are two types of soba: hot soba and cold soba. Fukui’s oroshi soba is served cold. It’s commonly known as Echizen soba(越前そば).
Interestingly, the name Echizen soba originated from remarks by the Showa emperor, who’s the grandfather of the present Japanese emperor. In 1947, he went to Echizen in Fukui and ate the oroshi soba. He liked it so much that he had a second helping. After going back to the Imperial Palace, he said that the soba in Echizen was delicious and that he wanted to eat it again.
Since then, Fukui’s oroshi soba has been called Echizen soba.
The most important feature of Echizen soba is the grated Japanese radish, which is called oroshi in Japanese, on top. It’s white and spicy.
In addition to the grated radish, you should also notice the beautiful plates it’s served on.
In Japan, a lot of people slurp when they eat soba, which makes it tastier. However, I recommend eating it however you like. Soba is good for your health because it prevents hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure. However, some people are allergic to soba, which is made from buckwheat. If you feel unwell when you eat soba, you should stop eating.
Echizen soba has a 400-year history, and it’s loved by people in Fukui and all around Japan. There are a lot of soba restaurants in Fukui where you can eat Echizen soba.
If you’re interested in it, why don’t you go to Echizen Soba no Sato (Echizen Soba Village), where you can eat soba, see a soba factory, and buy souvenirs.
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