Friday, June 22, 2007


The rain has been coming down since the early morning, last night I was awoken by the awful humidity. It felt like someone turned the oven on and stuck us in there....blah!

Since Satoshi is off today, we decided to go to Irifune, a cute little soba (buckwheat noodle) shop in our shopping arcade. I've written about this shop before, here.

Summertime brings the cold version of noodles. The soup or broth that the noodles are served in are icy cold. And although the rain was coming down, I wanted to eat the shop's kisetsu gentei (season limited) item, ume oroshi soba. (I've heard that most people in Osaka are weak for anything that is limited editioned or maybe it was the Japanese in general.)

Ume is pickled plum (the big red thing on top), it is soft and very sour, makes every part of your mouth pucker. Oroshi is finely grated daikon (long white radish), depending on what part of the daikon you use to grate can depend on the spiciness of the oroshi. If you use the bottom half it is more spicy than the top, this is because the top half gets all the love from the sun. Most shops use the bottom portion of the daikon to get their oroshi really spicy.

Hopefully the rain will stop so that we can get out and about tomorrow.


OkiHwn said...

Gee, the Japanese weather bureau here declared an end to the rainy season here in Okinawa a couple days ago!

88 degrees right now, but only about 45% humidity, so not too bad yet. But sunny, blue skies today.

K and S said...

I heard about Okinawa, Nate. You guys started your rainy season earlier than us anyway. Lucky the humidity is bearable there.

Gosh, I'm dreading summer...

Take care.

OkiHwn said...

And the last two big days of rain, think the 12th and 13th filled all reservoirs to overflowing, hopefully eliminating the threat of water rationing this summer!

Anonymous said...

i've never had umeboshi with soba; i don't think i've seen it offered in restaurants (probably didn't notice!) but it just seems like a perfect match. of course, i LOVE umeboshi. it looks very cute sitting atop the daikon. -bourgogne

Anonymous said...

Very interesting info about Ume, I didn't know any of that. I hope you have a sunshine filled day at least once this weekend!

Ari (Baking and Books)

K and S said...

That's great Okihwn. Having a drought wouldn't have been too fun.

Bourgogne, most places only serve this during the summer, so that is probably why you didn't get to see it.

Thanks Ari!

Take care everyone.