Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat and can refer to any thin noodle. Soba noodles can be served either hot (winter) in a soup broth like noodle soup or cold (summer) with a dipping sauce. I’ve never actually tried it in a soup, but I can tell you eating it cold in the summer is super delicious.
In this rendition, I made them to look like Rilakkuma, a popular character created by Japanese stationary company, San-X. Rilakkuma is a combination of the Japanese pronunciation of the word relax and the Japanese word for bear. By 2010, Rilakkuma had been ranked the 5th most popular character in Japan and even ended up being an exclusive theme for an edition of Bandai notebook computers as well as having its own themed cafe in Harajuku, Japan. It’s easy to see its popularity in the United States too. Rilakkuma is a popular character in phone cases, plushes, onesies, and more. I actually have a large pirate themed Rilakkuma too!
- 1 pack soba noodles
- 1 sheet nori
- 1 stalk scallions
- 1 slice white cheese
- 1 slice yellow cheese
- Cook the soba noodles for approximately 10 minutes or as described in package. After the noodles are cooked, rinse the noodles in cold water several times and drain.
- To create the bear's head, make a circle the soba noodles. To make the ears, use less noodles.
- Chop the scallions into thin pieces and decorate around the face.
- Cut out the details for the ears in yellow cheese, the mouth in white cheese, and the eyes and details for the mouth in the seaweed .
- Serve with mentsuyu