Before saying goodbye to the town of matcha, our last goal was to try some real cha-soba. Cha-soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and matcha or green tea powder. Both of these ingredients are considered health benefits and since cha-soba isn’t easy to come by, we decided that we had to try it.
As you can tell, most of our meals in Japan had minimal meat. The only sign of protein was the small piece of grilled fish.
Cha-Soba Lunch Set
What’s in it: Japanese white rice with plum and seaweed garnish, salad with sesame dressing, pickled daikon radish, shrimp tempura, potatoes in sweet tomato sauce, grilled fish and cha-soba with soba soy sauce, seaweed and sesame seeds.
What a meal! I would rarely eat rice and soba together but because there were small bites on the side, the rice wasn’t so boring.
The cha-soba was so refreshing. Not only was it cold, but it left a sweet after taste when I was done. The noodle itself was soft and I could really taste the buckwheat and matcha in the noodles.
The grilled fish had no bones and it was grilled with just the right amount of seasoning.
Matcha Parfait and Matcha Cake
Naturally sweet and earthy, the matcha parfait was a refreshing delight from the heat outside. When I ate the matcha ice cream alone, the matcha flavours were very distinct. However with the red bean, the flavours are easily overpowered.