Sunday, March 6, 2011

ichimi-an for a cold soba awakening

cold soba noodles on a hot day is the best savory way to cool down. imagine them snaking towards your belly while leaving a cooling effect on your body temperature. even better yet is if it's made fresh daily! and there's no radder place (yes, i used rad) to have a savory cool down than at ichimi-an in torrance.

if you get the $15.95 sushi dinner combo, you get to nibble on a bit of everything. the four pieces of fresh sushi i got was a great way to start off the meal.

the set meal also came with the mixed tempura. i'm not one to say "no" to crunchy fried foods and this set was perfectly crunchy.

but the freshly made soba noodles was the star of the show though. borrowed from their website for a little 4-1-1 on soba 101:
The buckwheat for the soba and flour for the udon served in Ichimian are shipped directly from Japan on K-Line vessels in refrigerated containers to keep them fresh as possible. The Buckwheats are milled daily and noodles are made daily. Freshness is the main ingredient that keeps the soba and udon noodles so chewy, healthy, and full of fragrance.

the springy noodles had a nice chew to them and one mouthful quickly lead to the next and the next until i bid my last strand of soba goodbye. refreshing and utterly pleasant for the pie hole.

after the cold soba consumption, the sobayu (the water in which the soba noodles were cooked in), was mixed with the leftover tsuyu (dipping sauce for the soba).

i thought it tasted like diluted soy water...i did not finish my cup though the concept was interesting.

sadly, ichimi-an is located in torrance or else i would make it a weekly visit. seriously, freshly made cold soba noodles when consumed on a hot day is an utterly fantastic gustatory feeling. wowzers.

2537 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste A
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 784-0551 price: $$
verdict: tasty, try it!
Ichimian on Urbanspoon


  1. Yum - love soba noodles! Been wanting to make them at home... and by "make them" I mean boiling up some dried noodles from Whole Foods, dousing them in sriarcha and soy and then topping them off with a fried egg. ;)

  2. Love this place, but I think the place on Craven's is better. Cheaper, no table service. Just damn good soba!

  3. diana- oooh...that sounds kinda yum actually...hmmm...makes me wanna go out and pick up a packet of soba noodles for "just in case moments."

    danny- oy. where the heck is that?

  4. i love soba!!! and i've been doing exactly what diana does, but just wiht shoyu, scallions, nori, wasabi and kimchi :) haha - can't forget my kimchi!

  5. I so approve. I am planning on visiting Torrance soon. I can't take it anymore!

  6. helen- soba is so delicious...and healthy too!

    marie- yumz. you should definitely check it out.

  7. The Ichimian on Craven St. in Torrance. Same restaurant, just cheaper, no frills :) It's how I roll.


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