Soba noodles are made with buckwheat and have a lovely flavour and texture. Here they are marinated and served with julienned vegetables for a lovely cold salad.
Tamari is similar to soy sauce, but made without wheat. It is therefore suitable for those on a wheat-free diet. Tamari is available online and in specialty shops. If you can't find it, use dark soy sauce.
I think its So important that everyone follows the recipe. If you substitute the main ingredient in this recipe which is the SOBA noodles with reg. Spaghetti, you are making a totally diff. dish. I think people should follow the recipe the 1st time around and tweak if they wish the second time around. Its not fair to the person submitting the recipe to get low ranks if you dont follow their recipe. especially like using a completly different noodle. Soba is a grey buckwheat noodle that has a very different taste than rice noodles or reg pasta. - 21 Jul 2008
Used different ingredients. This is delicious!!!! I made the sauce exactly as presented here. The only changes I made to the recipe are that I marinated some finely diced chicken in a little of the sauce and then sauteed it and added to the salad and I couldn't find soba noodles so I used fresh shanghai noodles. Great flavours worth finding all the ingredients for. Thank you. - 21 Jul 2008
I made this for colleagues at work and they asked for it again. I prefer to use fewer spring onions. - 21 Jul 2008