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Tuesday, October 3

Soba Koh

I don't know... maybe I'm just more of a egg noodle guy.

Inspired by the news in the New York Times last Wednesday that right now is peak buckwheat season (who knew there was such a thing?), DGlass and I decided to slurp some soba Saturday evening at reputedly the best source in town, Soba Koh, a small neighborhood spot—notable for its soba-making glass booth that faces the sidewalk—on 5th Street between 2nd and 1st Avenues. And, yes, for two bowls of buckwheat, these were pretty much top of the line.

I had cold soba slathered with a sticky mound of salmon roe and finished with an intense puree of Japanese radish. Everything was as fresh and as flavorful as I could have hoped for. DGlass opted for the hot soba, in a broth, topped with a tempura'ed soft shell crab, and called it "surprisingly delicious". We also split a generous and somewhat exotic side order of vegetable tempura, which included okra, eggplant, lotus root, and was about as light and non-greasy as tempura gets... which, unfortunately, is still a little too fried for my delicate stomach.

Soba Koh has been around for a little more than a year, and although it's not inexpensive (our noodle dishes were each over $15), this is clearly the place for soba lovers. Me? Next time I think I'll head on up to Momofuku for some ramen.

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Anonymous dglass said...

Me? I liked this way more than Momofuku. More delicate in flavor and there's the big perk that you don't have to worry about where to put your coat or bag. Thanks for showing me the Soba Koh light!

10:20 AM, October 04, 2006

Blogger Scott said...

Totally my pleasure, cutie, thanks for treating! But, ummm... what's up with the lower-case name? Is that supposed to be cool or something?

5:40 PM, October 04, 2006


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