First I finally found a rare spot in my tiny California Bungalow where I can take decent pics of my meals (small windows and tall hedges = not a lot of light).
Second I found a
It was perfect for my Zaru Soba, he-he. Funny how it makes the Tsuyu broth look like a cup of Joe.. (I used store bought, meh.)
Morning Sets are popular in Japanese Cafes where they serve simple light breakfast meals usually consisting of a cup of coffee (no refill here, you're in Japan) and a simple sandwich or even just buttered toast. In fact it's what my profile pic is. :)
Two blog posts I found on the peculiar Japanese Morning Set here and here.
As for the soba, a trick I learned on Japanese TV for a more chewy experience is to soak and hydrate the dry noodles for several minutes prior to boiling. If you choose to do it this way make sure you cut the cooking time in half of what the manufacturer recommends.
Like with any pasta you should boil with plenty of water, but unlike pasta you not need to add salt to the water. When done, rinse the soba aggressively in cold water several times to rid all of the starchy residue. Continue on to a large strainer to cut the excess moisture on the surface of the soba. *shake shake*
I think the trick worked.. Definitely didn't hurt it. I'll have to cook it the regular way next time to confirm.
If I had found my tripod I would've taken a shot of me holding the mug of Tsuyu in the other hand (which is how I ate). :)