Dear Food Diary:
For this month’s Foodbuzz 24 24 I was selected to make my Summer Soba Picking Party idea into a yummy reality. I’ve always loved soba, these buckwheat noodles are satisfying but lighter than egg noodles, better for you, versatile and perfect served cold.
THE THEME: A fun Asian themed summer party with some of my fellow soba loving friends on a sunny afternoon. Sipping Iced Lychee Green Tea (store bought green tea with muddled canned lychees and syrup), simple, easy, sweet and refreshing.
THE CONCEPT:Different types of sobas, toppings and sauces. Each guest “picks” ingredients based on an Asian inspiration. Then, they’ll list the ingredients used, name their dish and rate taste on my Summer Soba Picking Party score/recipe cards.
Types of sobas: Green Tea, Yuzu and Regular (all served cold)
Sauces: Soy, hoisin, chili, sesame, yuzu, x.o, sesame, black vinegar, rice wine vinegar, wasabi, soba dip. Plus fried onion and rice seasoning.
Herbs: Scallions, Cucumber, Orange Zest, Basil, Asian Cilantro and Radish
Nuts: Peanut butter, Almonds butter, sesame paste, Cashews, roasted peanuts, roasted cashews and some seaweed strips
Meats: Roast Pork with crispy skin, Roast Duck, Spicy Basil Pork and Fried Tofu
The Soba Picking Station:
The Soba Picking Ladies:
Now let the Soba Picking begin!!! Here are our 20 CREATIONS:
GRAN FINALE: For dessert I made Coconut Red Bean Popsicles
Canned coconut milk and sweet red beans (2:1 ratio + water + sugar)
Had a blast, plus I got to see a tasty and creative side of my friends. Food, fun, friends and Foodbuzz.