Wheat This!Columns Ethnic Faves
September 2, 2012
Story By: Chris Fleck | Photos by: Chris Fleck
It’s time to dive into the healthy and nutrient-rich pool of buckwheat or soba noodles. It has been a common dish in Japan for centuries, and is recently beginning to rise in popularity in the U.S. both for its great taste and welcome addition to a healthy diet.
With texture and composite similarities to spaghetti, buckwheat noodles are gluten-free, help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar, contain healthy and low-fattening calories, and contribute to a high-antioxidant diet. Some buckwheat dishes are better served cold, while others have flavors and ingredients that blend well in a hot broth.
Million Restaurant on Sheridan Street has been ahead of the trend for years now. Its buckwheat “black” noodle is featured in many of its noodle dishes including Cucumber Buckwheat Noodle and Cold Buckwheat Noodle selections.
Cold Buckwheat Noodle pairs apple, cucumber, turnips, sliced beef brisket and egg with black noodle. Cucumber Buckwheat Noodle is a fairly simple dish, which features cucumber and egg in Million’s lightly spiced marinade.
Million also serves a Spicy Buckwheat Noodle. A continued special, buckwheat noodle dishes are now priced at $4.95 for lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and $8.95 until closing.
626 Sheridan St., Honolulu
Open Daily, Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.