Kojimaya : The Best Hegi Soba Restaurant in Niigata

Today, I went out to “Kojimaya (小嶋屋)”, a Soba restaurant in Niigata Prefecture, to eat Japanese buckwheat noodles with my family.

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Kojimaya is a famous Soba restaurant whose head shop is located in the city of Tokamachi and has many branch shops around Niigata.

It has presented its buckwheat noodles called “Hegi Soba (へぎそば)” to the imperial royal family of Japan several times.

What is Hegi Soba?

Hegi Soba buckwheat noodles

Hegi Soba is the buckwheat Soba noodle that originated in the Uonuma area in Niigata Prefecture.

It features being made using seaweed called “Funori (布海苔)” and is served in the wooden square tray called “Hegi (へぎ)”.

I enjoyed Gosai Soba in Kojimaya

Soba Cha (そば茶) and Yuzu Shichimi (ゆず七味)buckwheat tea and Yuzu shichimi

When we entered the Soba restaurant, Kojimaya, a waiter led us to a table. In a minute after we took our seats, he served us buckwheat tea “Soba-Cha (そば茶)”.

Drinking the buckwheat tea, we chose what we each wanted to eat from the menu and ordered them.

Gosai Soba (五菜蕎麦)

Gosai Soba
Gosai Soba

As for me, I ordered “Gosai Soba(五菜蕎麦)”, buckwheat noodles with 5 side dishes.

That time, the side dish consisted of Yasai Tempura (deep-fried vegetables), grated Daikon radish, grated yam, boiled spinach, and boiled wild vegetables.

Those are usually eaten with Soba noodles one by one.

Soba soup Wasabi and finely chopped spring onions and Yuzu shichimi

After Gosai Soba was served to me, I poured soup broth for Soba noodles into the cup from the one like a Sake bottle. then sprinkled “Yuzu Shichimi (ゆず七味)”, a spice mix of Shichimi Togarashi and Yuzu citrus, and lastly added Wasabi and finely chopped green onions to the cup.

Shichimi Togarashi is a traditional Japanese condiment consisting of ground red chili pepper and other 6 aromatic spices and commonly used in Soba noodle soup.

There were two cups on the tray. One is for eating Soba in the usual manner, while the other is used for eating Soba noodles with side dishes.

The Soba noodles had a good smell of buckwheat and a firm, bouncy texture, and went perfectly with side dishes.

Soba Yu (そば湯)

A waiter served the hot water in which Soba noodles had been boiled, “Soba Yu (そば湯)”, to us after he saw us almost finishing eating Soba noodles.

Soba yu is mixed with soba soup

We diluted the sauce in which we had dipped Soba noodles with the buckwheat water, pouring it into the cup. We enjoyed the soup and finished off the noodle dish.

The restaurant was very crowded, but we really enjoyed the authentic buckwheat noodles of Kojimaya.

Kojimaya Soba Noodles 200g×10 (No soba sauce included) Kojimaya Soba Noodles 200g×5 (Soba sauce included)
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Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

1 Response

  1. September 5, 2017

    […] Hegi Soba is a specialty of Niigata Prefecture that are made using a marine plant called glue plant as a thickener for buckwheat flour.The Japanese word,’Hegi (へぎ)’ means the name of wooden container for the Soba noodles. (If you want to know about Hegi Soba in detail,refer to my past article,please.) […]

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