when the weather turns cool and wet, I am always looking for some hot slippery noodles to warm our insides. frequently, perhaps too frequently, i turn to soba. buried under all those braised vegetables is some nice hot soba, or japanese buckwheat noodles, in a soothing dashi broth. the cucumber salad on the side adds just the right coolness and crunch to the soft, warm noodles for our purposes. munch munch. slurp slurp slurp. crunch.