Instant Soba Noodles for New Year’s Eve in Japan
Happy New Year 2020!
I spent the night of the last day of the year 2019, or the New Year’s Eve 2020, watching TV with my family and ate “Toshikoshi Soba (年越し蕎麦: New Year’s Eve buckwheat noodles)” at dinner.
The literal meaning of Toshikoshi Soba is “year-crossing buckwheat noodles”, which we Japanese traditionally eat late at night on December 31 to bring Next Year’s good luck as well as keeping off Next Year’s bad luck.
Instant Noodles for Toshikoshi Soba
Japanese home cooks usually make Toshikoshi Soba from scratch with bundles of dried buckwheat noodles available at supermarkets and Soba restaurants, but in recent years many Japanese prepare instant Soba noodles for the New Year’s Eve late-night meal.
Accordingly, some Japanese instant noodles manufacturers have created instant buckwheat noodles meant for Toshikoshi Soba, and in fact, last December I came across 2 newly released instant Soba when shopping at a supermarket and a convenience store.
Nissin Kanda Matsuya Tori-Nanban Soba
I purchased this Kanda Matsuya Tori-Nanban Soba instant cup noodle soup at a 7 Eleven last week, which was introduced by Nissin on December 9.
“Kanda Matsuya (神田まつや)” (Google Map), founded in 1884, is a well-established Soba specialty restaurant located in Kanda, Tokyo, and this cup Soba was created by Nissin in collaboration with the popular Soba restaurant.
“Tori (鶏)” means chicken in Japanese and “Nanban (南ばん) refers to green onions, so the Kanda Matsuya Tori-Nanban Soba contains bits of seasoned chicken and green onions as main toppings.
New Touch Nadai Fuji Soba Beni-Shoga Ten Soba
Meanwhile, I found this New Touch’s Fuji Soba instant noodle bowl in the instant noodles section of a supermarket, which was released on November 18 from Yamadai’s “New Touch (ニュータッチ)” line.
“Nadai Fuji Soba (名代富士そば)“, simply called “Fuji Soba (富士そば)”, is a popular Tokyo-based Soba and Udon restaurant chain with over 100 branches, even in overseas countries including Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
These instant Soba noodles are limited-time offers. But at present, you can still buy them at many 7 Eleven and supermarkets in Japan, so if you are interested and get a chance, why not give them a try?