Toshikoshi Soba: ending the year with a bowl of noodles

In Japan, the last day of the year is called omisoka which is the second most important day in Japanese tradition.

On the eve of the new year, Japanese households eat Toshikoshi Soba, which literally translated means “year crossing soba”.

It is believed that eating these noodles before midnight, on the eve of the new year, will usher in good luck and longevity.

Soba is made from buckwheat flour and can be eaten hot or cold.

In our home, on new years eve, my mother in law, Atsuko, serves the Toshikoshi Soba with a delicious cold sauce that we dip the noodles in.

We add fresh scallions and wasabi to the sauce to give it a little bite.

The main meal is all about the Toshikoshi Soba but sometimes we do add a roast pork to the table too.

“We have to eat long noodles for long life”, my mother in law says to us every year.

Heres to a very healthy and long life to all we love.

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