Oh… the picture my iPhone took doesn’t reflect how pretty the colors of the packaging is…

Minatsu Zaru Soba (Japanese Buckwheat Noodles)

I came upon this at a Korean supermarket. The packaging is so Japanese pastel-cool, and get this: three pounds of noodles for less than five dollars!

There are 15 one-serving bundles in one pack. And the taste isn’t bad. It certainly is better than Shirakiku’s cheap soba noodles. Oddly, this turned out to be a Product of Korea! The label though is in Japanese and English.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Tapioca Starch, Buckwheat, Salt, Water

OK, so there’s not much buckwheat content in it, but it works for a quick meal.

Nutrition Facts:
Each bundle, which is a 3-ounce (or 91-gram) single serving, contains 320 calories, no saturated or trans fat and no cholesterol. It does contain 410 milligrams of sodium, 69 grams of carbohydrates (2 grams fiber, no sugars) and 11 grams of protein. Vitamin A and C are 0% of DV, calcium is 2% and iron is 4%.

Store in a cool, dry place. Expiry date is the year 2011.  UPC bar code number 8 801005560511.

Distributed by Sempio Food Services, Inc. 16831 Knott Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90638.

Buckwheat Noodles. Net Weight: 48 ounces or 1.3 kilograms.

1. Bring two quarts of water to boil a four-quarter pot. Widely spread one bunch [their word] of soba in water.
2. Cook soba in boiling water for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Drain and rinse with cold wtaer 2-3 times.
4. Drain thoroughly and serve with soba sauce.

Minatsu, depending on its kanji characters, can mean several things in Japanese. More likely the brand name refers to 美夏, a female name that means “Beautiful Summer.”