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Soba — earthy, chewy Japanese buckwheat noodles — are frequently consumed chilled or at room temperature in noodle salads or with a chilled dipping sauce (as pictured). Soba are sold dried and are typically made from a blend of buckwheat and wheat flour (ranging from 10-90 percent buckwheat), as buckwheat is nonglutinous and can be difficult to work with, though 100 percent buckwheat soba noodles are available as well.

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