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Jun 5, 2011 08:06 AM

Best soba noodles brand?

I love soba noodles. I often try to recreate noodle dishes I order in japanese restaurants... but I always end up buying unedible soba noodles. I tried Shirakiku brand's zaru soba noodles, but they ended up soggy before the 4-5 mins cooking time were up. I gave a chance to thick pre-cooked noodles, but they didn't cook evenly... I'm tired of wasting my time and money.

I'm looking for the best dried soba noodle brand available in Montreal. What are your favorites? And were do you buy them? Maybe I'll be get lucky asking the staff at Epicerie coréenne et japonaise...

Please help!

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  1. "but they ended up soggy before the 4-5 mins cooking time were up."

    Could you simply reduce/modify the cooking time ?

    4 Replies
    1. re: Maximilien

      I should have been more specific... when I reduced cooking time, they were somehow uncooked in the center and still soggy on the outside...

      1. re: Eating this order

        Here's some advice for soba noodle

        1. Cook them in plenty of water
        2. If it's for a cold dish, rinse them well in a colander to remove that slimliness it's not like italian pasta.
        3. You can reduce the boil to a simmer to get a more even cooking.

        1. re: Psychofoodie

          Another tip is that you have to SWIRL them with chopsticks while they are cooking so that they don't stick to the bottom too. And rinse them in cold water until they aren't slimy. If you aren't using them right away, you should leave them in a colander submerged in cold water. That way they won't stick. Generally the noodles are ready after 3 minutes if your water was boiling rapidly before dunking the noddles in. I've never had a problem with any of the brands I've bought at Marché Hawaii