We will start Toshikoshi Soba pre-order from 12/15 and you can pick it up from 12/19-12/31
at Meiji Seimen.
So let me talk about Toshikoshi Soba for those who heard about Toshikoshi Soba for first time.
What is Toshikoshi Soba?? Let's find out!!
Toshikoshi Soba (New Year’s Eve Soba Noodle Soup) 年越しそば
Cross over into the New Year with a Japanese tradition by eating a piping hot bowl of soba noodle soup called Toshikoshi Soba. This simple Japanese noodle dish will melt away the hardship of the past year and welcome the new journey ahead!
On New Year’s Eve, or Ōmisoka (大晦日), it is a custom for the Japanese to reflect on the past year and usher in the coming year, all while enjoying a bowl of hot soba noodles, called Toshikoshi Soba (年越し蕎麦), or year-crossing noodle. What better way to cross over a symbolic bridge than slurping up soba noodles!
Like many cultures, New Year in Japan is about beginning with a fresh, clean slate. That’s the essence of toshikoshi soba—a hot soba noodle soup that is healthy and easy to make, and full of symbolism.
As a tradition, toshikoshi soba is usually served in its simplest form—buckwheat soba noodles served in a hot dashi broth and garnished with only finely chopped scallions. But if you like, you can make it your own by taking it to the next level by adding your favorite toppings.
With the hope of good fortune in each bowl, it’s easy to imagine the custom being adopted quickly from family to family, slurping in the symbolism of soba noodles:
To enjoy a fulfilling, peaceful life with every slurp of the long noodles.
To break free from the past.
To gather strength and resilience like the tough buckwheat crop.
To grow your fortune just as buckwheat flour was once used by goldsmiths to gather leftover gold dust.
Superstitious or not, eating toshikoshi soba on New Year’s Eve has become one of the most enduring traditions observed by the Japanese people.
Now you know what Toshikoshi Soba and why we eat them at the end of the year.
Let's see How to cook at home when you buy it from Meiji Seimen.
This is our package and contains 2 servings of Soba and comes with soup.
Each servings are separated in sealed bags.
On the back of the package, You can find direction of cooking.
Prepare the toppings such as Green onions and Fish cake.
Put the topping you prepared in soup and heat it up.
Boil hot water for Soba
For Hot Soba, Cook Soba in boiling water for 3 mins
For Cold Soba, Cook Soba in boiling water for 3 and a half mins.
While cooking, stir the noodles.
Take out the noodles into a strainer and rinse with cold water.
For Hot Soba:
Put the noodles back in the hot water for a couple of a seconds to make it warm again.
Place Noodle in a bowl, pour hot soup over it (Add toppings if you needed)
Pour hot soup over it (Add toppings if you needed)
Now you are ready to enjoy Toshikoshi Soba!!
You can place an online orders from our site from 12/15.
(Pre-order for Toshikoshi Soba option will be available from 12/15)