It's that time of the month again--time for the Daring Cook's Challenge! I almost didn't make this one but I already bought my soba noodles--green tea soba noodles to be exact and I really wanted to use them so I finally decided to go ahead with it. First the blog checking lines:
The February 2011 Daring Cooks' Challenge was hosted by Lisa of Blueberry Girl. She challenged Daring Cooks to make Hiyashi Soba and Tempura. She has various sources for her challenge including japanesefood.about.com, pinkbites.com, and itsybitsyfoodies.com.
So what exactly is Soba? It's a type of Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour, but for a better explanation, read here. I was just wondering if I should go to the Japanese/Korean grocery store when I chanced upon this pack of green tea soba noodles! And they were being offered at a very low price so I grabbed it. Isn't the packaging cute? I love how the Japanese make everything look pretty!
And here are the cooked soba noodles. They were immersed in ice cold water as soon as I finished boiling them to stop further cooking. They turned out perfect!
Tempura is seafood or vegetables that have been dipped in batter and deep-fried. Here is a better explanation complete with pictures. Initially, I thought about making more vegetable tempura but knowing that somehow it will all be wasted because I try to stay away from fried food nowadays, I chose to keep it simple and decided on eggplants as accompaniment to my prawns.
And here is the completed challenge, Cold Soba Salad and Tempura, really delicious! I ate them all too!
Thank you Lisa for this challenge, it was fun, and more fun to plate and take pictures of, this challenge is so photogenic!
The complete recipes for both the Hiyashi Soba and the tempura are here. Please visit the other Daring Cooks and be amazed at everyone's creativity!