I don’t watch a lot of TV at home. Suanne does. Half of the time, our TV is tuned to the Food Network which I don’t think is a surprise to you all.
Recently we came across this episode from Anthony Bourdain about Cold Wheat Soba. I found that rather fascinating because I had never paid any attention to it until now.
This is because the Chinese shun cold noodles. They are almost always served hot — the hotter the better. There might be some Chinese noodles that are served cold but I can’t think of any. Can you think of any?
From the clip on YouTube, I decided to turn to Twitter. It had been a while since I checked my Twitter account. It was just too “noisy” for me and I just can’t quite figure out how to make full use of it. Anyway, if you have a Twitter account and wants to follow chowtimes, it is here: http://twitter.com/chowtimes
So I tweeted a question asking if anyone knows where I could try the Cold Wheat Soba near my place of work. I know that Torarenbo in Richmond has that but I wanted to try it during the work week.
Hey – hey! There are people who actually reads my tweets.
I decided to go check out the Cold Wheat Soba at the Yakko Sushi today and not the Sushi Garden since I had already blogged about that place before.
This morning I turned to Facebook next and try to learn a little bit more about Cold Wheat Sushi. I posted a question on the chowtimes Facebook fan page (http://facebook.com/chowtimes) … and …
Hey – hey! There are people actually reading the chowtimes updates.
I felt I know quite a lot already what to expect even before I go.
It was a short walk from the office to Yakko Sushi. OK, this is kind of confusing. There are actually two Yakko Sushis around the Metrotown area.
There is the one called the Yakko Sushi Express on Kingsway which I had blogged about here. The Yakko Sushi Express restaurant is the bigger one.
The one I went to today is the smaller restaurant and is just called Yakko Sushi. I am not sure if these two restaurants are related in anyway. Yakko Sushi is located on Station Square.
Here is a little trivia for you. Did you know that the Future Shop in the Station Square is the highest grossing per square feet of space? I know because I worked at Best Buy and Future Shop before. Remember in those old days where Future Shop has this big wall of tube TVs in their store … you know, the days before flat screens became mainstream? Well, yours truly was the project manager who managed the whole refitting of FS/BBY stores in a project which is described as “the next big thing since color TVs”. One of the biggest logistical challenge was the tearing down of the TV Wall. It was about 6 years ago when I started on the project and it was big because the company knows that most homes in Canada will be changing their tube TVs to flat screens over a short period of a few years. In those tube TV days, a TV would cost just $300-$400 … LCDs today is easily 2-3 times that. Sorry … I digressed.
I thought I heard the staff speaking in Korean in the kitchen. I know that the bigger Yakko Sushi Express on Kingsway are operated by Koreans too. So maybe they are owned and operated by the same people.
Service was good. There is just one waitress but since this place is so small, it’s not a problem. There are only seatings here for 20 people.
Since Yakko Sushi is tucked inside Station Square, I don’t think many people eat here except for people who work around this area.
The menu was nothing really exciting. It is just the normal sushi restaurant menu. I am only here for the Cold Wheat Soba.
There are two options for the Cold Wheat Soba … with Tempura ($8) or without Tempura ($6).
The tempura was served first. I like it, particularly the prawns and the nice sweet dipping sauce too. There are four pieces and not too oily.
It is a simple meal — light and refreshing. What I like is that it not heavy which for a light lunch eater this is just what I want.
First thing I checked is the temperature. The noodles is cold but it is not ice cold and the dipping sauce is similarly cold too.
I was under no illusion that this is a very good soba since I had never had any prior reference before.
But looking at this video above, it seems like this Cold Wheat Soba I had is not complete. They did not give me a separate pot of sobayu.
On hindsight, I should have put these into the dipping sauce the first thing.
The soba is green while from pictures I saw on the internet are brown in color. Anyone knows what gives this soba the green color? Are these green tea flavored soba by any chance?
It is how the Cold Wheat Soba is eaten that intrigues me the most and made me want to try it. You take the noodles by the chopstick-ful, dip it into the sauce and then slurp from it.
I actually enjoyed this a lot. The noodle is nice and chewy and the sauce (called soba tsuyu) is lightly sweet.
At the end of it, there were half of cup left of the dipping sauce. According to the correct way of eating this, I am supposed to have the water used to cook the soba to mix with the soba tsuyu. By itself it was too strong to drink it all. Although I like the taste of it, I felt I shouldn’t drink it like water from a cup lest I look like an idiot to the waitress.
There you go … my first Cold Wheat Soba.
I would like to try better ones … more authentic ones. Has anyone a recommendation on where you can get the best Cold Wheat Soba?