Saturday, December 10, 2011

Soba Dashi from "Tampopo"

Entered in this week's Whole Foods Market contest "Your Best Broccoli Recipe": our recipe for Soba Dashi, from Cooking with the Movies: Meals on Reels. This is from our chapter on the film Tampopo (a real classic of a movie, highly recommended).

P.S. Here is our recipe for Soba noodles, which are pretty difficult for those not used to Japanese cooking.

5 c. light buckwheat flour
2¾ c. unbleached white flour
2 Tbsp. salt
2 egg yolks
2 c. hot water

Blend the flours and the salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the eggs and 1⅓ cups water, then mix well. (Try to keep lumps from forming.) Continue working the flour until a smooth dough is formed, adding the remaining water as needed. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and form into balls. Place in a bowl and allow to sit, covered, for 2 hours.

Sprinkle a work surface with some buckwheat flour and roll out a ball of dough, about ⅛" thick, making the length about twice as long as the width. Continue this process until all balls have been rolled out. Slice the dough in halves, and stack them. Using a very sharp knife, and with one long and continuous stroke, cut the dough into noodles about ⅛" wide. Try to keep them as uniform as possible. Allow the noodles to dry about 20 minutes. They are now ready to add to the Soba Dashi.