Zaru Soba (Japanese Buckwheat Noodles)

See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer

Only one percent of Japanese buckwheat is ground by individual soba makers and the skill required to make these noodles by hand truly makes soba a luxury food. So we leave the noodle-making to the soba shops and use dried soba for this dish, named for the baskets on which it's served.