A bowl of hot soba noodles is a traditional evening New Year’s Eve dish in Japan. Loosely translated, “toshikoshi” means to end the old year and enter the next. The soba noodles symbolize the... bridge between the previous year and the new one. This Japanese New Year’s treat is a delicious, fast and easy dish to make a standby all year round.
Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water and drain.
In a medium saucepan, combine the water, kombu and mirin. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the soy sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach.
Divide the soba noodles between 4 bowls. Pour broth over noodles and top with scallions. Serve.
The water from cooking soba noodles is a health drink in Japan. If you can’t find kombu, reserve the soba cooking water and use that, or if that doesn’t appeal, you can use a light, low-sodium chicken stock.