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where to buy 100% buckwheat soba noodles (japanese style)?

helenhelen Oct 17, 2013 10:04 AM

where can i buy this, preferably downtown? i normally only ever find the kind that has wheat as well. i have seen the korean style, but not the japanese style.

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  1. jayt90 RE: helenhelen Oct 17, 2013 03:38 PM

    I have heard of hand made, but not commercial buckwheat noodles. Too limp.
    You can make your own, http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2...

    1. vil RE: helenhelen Oct 17, 2013 03:58 PM

      My understanding is, it is somewhat rare for traditional Japanese soba to use 100% buckwheat (or please correct me if I am wrong). For example, my favourite mix is 8:2 (buckwheat to wheat).

      The only one I recall is one made by Eden Organic, probably available at some reasonably big health food store:


      Curious how the Korean ones taste like, I have not yet tried them myself.

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        helenhelen RE: vil Oct 21, 2013 12:13 PM

        i am sensitive to gluten so i try to avoid it where i can, and usually when eating at home.. otherwise, i would be happy to buy the kind that contains a bit of wheat.

        the korean kind that i have tried are longer, thicker, and more chewy.

      2. aser RE: helenhelen Oct 17, 2013 11:07 PM


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          helenhelen RE: aser Oct 21, 2013 12:19 PM

          oops, that was my thread too.. forgot i had posted that. :)

          i guess i didn't get enough answers. i will check sanko.

          i have tried king soba (which is what is available at the natural food stores, including those mentioned in the thread) but they are not like the japanese kind.. they are chewier.

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          kaymbee RE: helenhelen Oct 19, 2013 07:02 AM

          Sanko is great for everything japanese. You might pay more than the korean grocery but they will have the largest selection of Japanese imported goods

          1. sandiasingh RE: helenhelen Oct 19, 2013 07:16 AM

            I just bought a case of these from Amazon. USDA certified organic too.


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              jayt90 RE: sandiasingh Oct 19, 2013 02:00 PM

              Hakubaku soba noodles are wheat with a minor representation of buckwheat.

            2. sweetie RE: helenhelen Oct 21, 2013 01:08 PM

              You may want to call Soba Canada and inquire. As far as I know they do not sell retail, but they are friendly people, so it can't hurt to ask.

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                helenhelen RE: sweetie Oct 21, 2013 01:14 PM

                thanks, i should ask! i do enjoy my meals there!

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                ComeUndone RE: helenhelen Oct 22, 2013 09:13 PM

                J-Town carried a Japan-made 100% buckwheat soba dried noodles for a while but I haven't seen them in recent months. Much trickier to cook though and didn't have the same chew as those containing wheat.

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                  ComeUndone RE: ComeUndone Nov 2, 2013 02:13 PM

                  Just spotted them this morning at J-Town. Notice that the blue package is blended with wheat flour and the red package is 100% buckwheat.

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                    helenhelen RE: ComeUndone Nov 4, 2013 06:00 PM

                    thank you! i used to be up there a few times a week so that would have been convenient, but am rarely up there anymore.

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                      vil RE: ComeUndone Nov 6, 2013 10:18 AM

                      Thank you as well! I love the nihachi soba (2:8 wheat to buckwheat) but didn't know they carry the 100% buckwheat too.

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                    Idas RE: helenhelen Oct 24, 2013 05:48 PM

                    I find pure soba noodles at Herbs and Nutrition on Bloor, just west of Bathurst.
                    They also carry them perhaps at PAT supermarket, but I can't recall if they are blended with wheat.

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                      helenhelen RE: Idas Oct 27, 2013 09:18 PM

                      thank you.. i will check herbs & nutrition since i live nearby! how much do they normally cost? i have checked PAT but i think they are all blended with wheat.

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                      helenhelen RE: helenhelen Jan 6, 2014 10:47 PM

                      i checked a few of the spots and the cheapest place to buy 100& buckwheat soba noodles is sanko on queen. i think it is about $7 a package, as opposed to $10 at herbs & nutrition. they also have gluten free versions of some other noodles, like ramen!

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