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Quick to cook and delicious in flavour, Clearspring Organic Skinny Soba Somen Noodles are satisfying and versatile. Artisan family producers slowly air dry and mature these noodles to concentrate their flavour. They can be used all year round in a wide range of Asian and Western dishes, including piping hot noodles in broth, satisfyingly rich stir fries, and succulent summer salads.
Clearspring Japanese Noodles are made to traditional recipes, and are all egg-free and certified organic.
Ingredients: Wheat flour* (57%), buckwheat flour* (40%), sea salt.
Product weight - 200g
The Japanese, after centuries of eating noodles, have developed a deep respect for soba. Soba (the Japanese name for buckwheat) noodles are primarily made from buckwheat, the amount can actually vary from 40% to 100% and it is the buckwheat which gives the noodles their characteristic dark colour and rich, nutty flavour. The difficulty of making noodles from flour with no gluten such as the Clearspring 100% buckwheat noodles has resulted in a traditional art developed around their manufacture by hand and requires dedication and experience.
Despite its name Buckwheat is completely unrelated to wheat and contains no gluten, in fact it is related to rhubarb and sorrel. The plant gives rise to triangular seeds after a short growing season which after careful milling give rise to a silky, beige coloured flour.
Skinny Soba Somen Noodles are:
|of which sugars:||2.1|
|of which saturates:||0.4|
|of which monounsaturates:||0.7|
|of which polyunsaturates:||1.3|
|Cereals containing gluten*||Present as ingredient|
|Sulfur dioxide and sulphites*+||Absent|
* and products thereof. +(>10mg/kg or 10mg/l)
|Free of Added Alcohol||Yes|
To prepare bring 2L of water to the boil, add noodles (100g per serving) and stir. Simmer for 3 minutes then rinse briefly under cold water. Serve all year round in hot broths, chilled with a dipping sauce or with a dressing for a fresh summer salad.
Our supplier has been producing Japanese dried noodles for over a century and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006.
The key to the great tasting noodles is to allow plenty of time when mixing the dough and drying the noodles. They use a custom-made super mixer, which mixes the dough at low temperatures for an hour and a half which promotes rapid gluten formation. This process will create the firm texture the Japanese call “Koshi” and the finished product is similar in style to the very traditional hand-kneaded noodle (“Teuchi” udon).
The drying process is also important and our producer uses a chain slow air dryer. This slowly air dries and matures the noodles to concentrate their flavour. Another advantage of using this type of dryer is that they can adjust the air speed for different kinds of noodles. Combined with their experience and craftsmanship, they are able to produce consistently good quality noodles throughout the year in different seasons, temperatures and humidity.
Nowadays the majority of noodle producers make production efficiency a priority – one whole day is usually enough to mix, dry and pack the noodles. In contrast, our producer spends 2 days on thin noodles (e.g. somen and soba), and 3 days on udon and this is just the time taken to dry them!!