Cold noodle eats

Yet another trip to the big apple led me to venture from my usual ramen taste test to a colder noodle soup venture. After waking up late on Saturday, I ventured to SOBAYA in East Village with Justin and two friends since Cafe Orlin held a 30 to one hour wait.

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We sat immediately, but hungry patrons filled almost every table in sight. Luckily, we snagged the last booth, which offered a nice quiet setting aside from the crowded open table seating seen upon entering the establishment. The menu is somewhat extensive with a variety of options ranging from raw fish, lunch boxes and sets, hot and cold noodles, and rice bowls.

I decided on soba (cold) noodles with uni (sea urchin) and Justin ordered a lunch set of tempura with udon noodles. Interesting fact: you can try hot soba noodles, although in Asian culture, you would always eat the buckwheat dish cold. Here’s to trying new things? a friend ordered this version for fun, and regretted his decision and ended up longing for the udon noodles in his hot soup.

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My uni came freshly placed on top of a bed of cold soba noodles and grated mountain yam. Scallions, wasabi and sauce came on the side and blended nicely with the bits of shredded seaweed. I received exactly what I wanted: cold noodles with my favorite raw seafood. SOBAYA also doesn’t skimp on the uni and gave a decently sized portion. After I finished eating the whole bowl, our waitress brought a kettle of Soba-yu, the water the noodles are boiled in. It had hints of butter and flavor and cleansed my palette towards the end of the meal.

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The udon noodles came out first for Justin’s lunch set. Take note, SOBAYA only serves the set to 25 customers a day (supposedly). Inside the box came broiled salmon, a cube of sushi rice, a bed of greens topped with carrots and an Asian dressing, seaweed and a mini chirashi with shredded eggs and bits of salmon roe. The tempura came on the side and included two shrimps and a green bean. The entire set kept the meal clean and filling so we walked a few miles easily (sometimes it’s difficult after a hearty bowl of ramen).

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Finally, the lunch box includes a custard dessert at the end. It’s light and refreshing just as any Asian delicacy might taste.

While I still prefer OOTOYA to SOBAYA, you can’t beat no lines for somewhat similar quality.

SOBAYA is located on 229 E 9th Street in East Village, New York. Go for lunch in between 12-3:30 pm or dinner 5:30-10:30/11 pm.

 

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