Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Okinawa soba a favorite comfort food" by Food Forum

My first memory of the best food in the world was at my aunt and uncle’s house in Pismo Beach, Calif., sometime in the early ’90s. My entire family was there and Obaa-chan was preparing Okinawa soba using whatever local ingredients she could find to best appropriate to the recipe. My dad got some of the broth in his eye; my Uncle Bob (since deceased) quipped, “That must be why the Japanese squint!”

Some foods, such as goya, I learned to love. But Okinawa soba was always a favorite, a food steeped in familial love and happiness — a comfort food, through and through. A trip to the soba-ya was always met with cheers, with a big bowl of the stuff usually followed by frozen zenzai (a sweet red bean soup served as a dessert item).

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