One of the specialities of the mountainous Nagano prefecture (also known as Shinshu) is Soba noodles. These are made from buckwheat, and there are few things that beat a really good Soba meal, especially at lunchtime. And it’s almost always a very affordable eat.
On my last trip, a few weeks ago, we had one memorable meal at restaurant Katase, in Azumino-Ikeda. Out of the window, we could see the Japanese Alps.
Normally, soba noodles come cold. There’s a dipping sauce with daishi in it, and this time we had them with tempura.
When you finish the noodles, you get a pot with the liquid that the noodles were boiled in, and you add it to the rest of your dipping sauce to make a deliciously savoury hot soup.