Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Chef: Erica Polowski
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or more buckwheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Directions:

  1. The night before, place the flour in a medium size bowl. Pour the water and vinegar/lemon juice into the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until combined as much as you can. It will most likely be a crumbly mixture at this point.
  2. Using your hands, start to knead the mixture until the water and four starts turning into a ball. Knead for a few minutes longer. You can add 1-2 tablespoons of more water, or flour. You want a firm, but not dry, or wet ball.
  3. Clean out the bowl and place the dough ball back into it. Dampen a clean dish towel, and wring dry. Place over the ball of dough to keep it moist while it “soaks”. I also put plastic wrap over the bowl, just to make sure that everything stays moist. Leave the bowl out on the counter top overnight for 12 -24 hours.
  4. When ready to roll out, first place a large pot of water to boil on the stove. Salt the water generously.
  5. Meanwhile, divide the dough into four sections. Flour the rolling surface well using arrowroot powder, buckwheat flour, or even white flour. If you have a large wooden cutting board, it’s nice to roll and cut directly on it.
  6. Flour the top of the dough and your rolling pin. With gentle, but firm motions, start rolling out the dough. You want to roll it out to about 1/8 inch thickness or even thinner. Keep dough well floured during the process.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut the noodles into 1/8 inch “slices” all the way down the dough. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough and let the noodles rest for about 10-20 minutes.
  8. Make sure the water is at a rolling boil, then add all of the noodles at once, giving a gentle stir to make sure they don’t stick. It should take two minutes to cook. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water to cool them if you are using it in a cool dish, or keep warm for whatever dish you have planned for it.

 

 

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