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Somen (素麺) / Japanese Food

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Sōmen (素麺) are very thin, white Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. The noodles are usually served cold and are less than 1.3 mm in diameter. And it's one of the typical ingredients of Summer Recipes.
The distinction between sōmen and the next thicker wheat noodles hiyamugi and even thicker Japanese wheat noodles udon is that sōmen is stretched while hiyamugi and udon are cut.
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(Sōmen (素麺) / Image)

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(Production Process of Sōmen (素麺) in Mid-Winter / Image)

Sōmen are usually served cold with a light flavored dipping sauce or tsuyu. The tsuyu is usually a katsuobushi-based sauce that can be flavored with Welsh onion, ginger, or myoga. In the summer, sōmen chilled with ice is a popular meal to help stay cool.

Some restaurants offer "nagashi sōmen" (流しそうめん flowing noodles) in the summer. The noodles are placed in a long flume of bamboo across the length of the restaurant. The flume carries clear, ice-cold water.

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(Sōmen is flowing along bamboo line.)

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(Tool for Nagashi Sōmen at home)

As the sōmen pass by, diners pluck them out with their chopsticks and dip them in tsuyu. Catching the noodles requires a fair amount of dexterity, but the noodles that aren't caught by the time they get to the end usually aren't eaten, so diners are pressured to catch as much as they can. A few luxurious establishments put their sōmen in real streams so that diners can enjoy their meal in a beautiful garden setting. Machines have been designed to simulate this experience at home.
Sōmen served in hot soup is usually called "nyumen" and eaten in the winter, much like soba or udon are.

A very similar variety of thin wheat flour noodles are called somyeon in Korea and are used in a dish called bibim guksu.

By J.S. on May 17, 2010
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