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Soba Noodles

These delicate buckwheat strands are one of Japan's most popular foods. We tasted six products to see how they differed.

What We Learned

Soba noodles have been an important part of Japanese cuisine since they were first developed in the country in the late 1500s or early 1600s. It's traditional to eat soba on New Year's Eve and to gift soba to new neighbors because, among other things, the long, slim noodles are thought to bring good luck and a long life. But they're not just for special occasions. Japan has tens of ...

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