~Happy Happy Cake♥Day~*~~* IW!!! \(^o^)/☆~

わぁー!!o(*´∀`)o゛。。the year went by so quickly!! and today is a most happy~* day to celebrate IW's third birthday♥!!!! IW has created such a connected online community of fans of J~Pop, K~Pop and Japanese culture in general~* with so much more!!

At IW you can keep up with the goings~on in a most diverse array of fandoms♥ with new releases, older releases, upcoming events, commentary, opinion, how to directories or just find out the latest news coming from Japan and many other featured~* music, bands & artists♥ ^ ^。

I would like to say a personal thank you~* so much to IW♥ and all of their staff members who work so hard to bring our online fan♥ community so much closer every day~*!

Hmm…so for your third birthday…which is Cake Day, what to do (・c_・;)?。。。。well if you're reading this you most likely know that I don't eat actual cake (*>ω<)。。。。nor ice cream, pies, chocolates or most pastries and baked goods of a sugary and fried nature…I'm speaking to you donut~san (ノロ≦。)!!Well lol you can already see from above that I'm celebrating a tiny bit differently than what would be traditional XD…..and so for IW Cake♥Day will be zaru soba♥day~*! It's a most easy to prepare and yummy♥ treat which you can make in only about 6 minutes Yay~♥! So with the help* of Panda~kun♥ (that's him atop this post ( ̄▽ ̄)。)

So first we begin by bringing a generous amount of water to a boil in a pot…..when boiling furiously!! then add 1 bunch of zaru style soba which will feed a single person (I chose "tororo soba" for it's slightly lighter complextion…that'll make much more sense in a minute~!) and stir until the water boils up highly….

..then you'll need to lower the heat in order to bring down the bubbling and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes total….a bit longer (30~40 seconds more) if you prefer a softer noodle~*.

Next pour your soba into a caulander/strainer and rinse really well with cold water….then drain…and wallah~* it was so simple as you're now almost ready to enjoy zaru♥soba!

There are an array of seasonings to try such as the ever popular "ponzu" sauce which has a nice touch of lemon to the shoyu flavor but here I went with something a bit more traditional maybe…♥! Most are quite concentrated so just fill your cup a little bit..maybe about a quarter to a third of the height and then add a bit of water to dilute and taste~check while doing so just to be sure that it meets your tastes~♥.

Most times you may also add bonito (dried fish shavings♥) and chopped green onions as an additional topping along with furikake to dress things up a bit~. If you happen to choose green onions you can keep them in the top of these traditional cup's covers as they're specially made with a slight lip to keep them ready until you drop them into your dipping sauce~♥.

Okay now just use thongs or chopsticks to place a nice even layer of zaru♥soba into your serving tray~*! Most favorite♥ chopsticks ready…check!…dipping sauce ready…check!

For IW Zaru Soba♥Day I kept from having too much nori strips on my zaru♥soba as I wanted to say something very special~* to IW and all of the staff there~ (*´∀`*)♥。。。。。~*

..first let's see if Panda~kun♥ approves…(^q^)! and now to see my wishes~* to you (IW♥) more clearly……

….Happy Zaru♥Soba Day~*~~* IW with much love from both Panda~kun♥ and I♥ o(*´∀`)o゛♥♥♥!!!!!

The nori strips kept getting a bit too soft from the noodles~* so…
..I had a funny affair trying to spell your birthday wish~* clearly..
gomen ne~♥ I really tried my very best though being as clumsy as I am (人∀`*)。。。
。。and I hope minna~san likes it~o(*´∀`)o゛♥。


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About MorningBerryz

Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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18 Responses to ~Happy Happy Cake♥Day~*~~* IW!!! \(^o^)/☆~

  1. Looks Yummy ^q^ and Panda~kun so cute. And, Happy Birthday , IW.


  2. batmite1 says:

    That looks good.. Thanks.. now I'm Hungry.


  3. yonasu says:



  4. J-pyon says:

    mmmm Yummy lol (^ ~ ^) モグモグ


  5. Thank you~* so much o(*´∀`)o゛!!So simple and yet yummy~ ♪ I adore Panka~kun♥ too…he's plushy~soft* and such a cute gift♥!!


  6. This style of soba is so easy to prepare too ー(* ̄O ̄)ノ!!。。choosing the right dipping sauce is so much of its enjoyment~* and I hope you can find it at your markets there, yummy~ ^ ^。


  7. Hi yonasu~*…I don't think we've ever met and it's nice to meet you o(*´∀`)o゛。。。your cake was really pretty~* but I needed to try something else as cake and I haven't gotten along for many years now…(^q^)! I hope yours was yummy~* too Σ( ̄◇ ̄*)!


  8. o(*´∀`)o゛arigatou~*!


  9. Guldari says:

    Cake Day?そんな記念日もありましたか?てゆか,そばに変わりましたよね!おいしそうなの!


  10. ladybird says:

    Me want some! XD It's awesome that you made your own personal approach to the celebtration 🙂 Panda-kun looks delighted as well 🙂


  11. Yeah, he's really cute♥


  12. はい~♥!美味しかったよ!そばはずっとずっと大好き♥です~!う~ん、三月十八日がIWのケーキの日~*^ ^。


  13. Not liking sweets~* makes it a bit odd for me at these times when cake is most appropriate so I usually try sneaking in something else although at times I've actually had a tiny tiny bit of cake to celebrate a birthday♥…so funny though I really don't like cake at all so I'll ask for the tiniest slice possible XD. Soba♥ popped into mind this year and I actually thought of it that morning and luckily it's so easy and quick to prepare ^ ^。


  14. It's funny as he's actually supposed to be a pillow~* so I sleep* with him on some nights (。ーωー。) ♪~♪。


  15. batmite1 says:

    My brother's girlfriend is always making Korean/Asian food.. I'll have to mention this.


  16. Haha ^q^ I can relate to that ~ I am a pink piggy stuffs fan ~ and i also have this plushy pillow as well ~ so am so surrounded w/ all these pink piggy stuffs too!


  17. I hope~* you like zaru soba♥ too…it's so so quick and easy to prepare but yummy ^ ^。


  18. Your plushy piggy is the cutest~*!!!…like you I don't plan on using Panda~kun♥ ever as he'll remain decoration~al always (*´∀`*)♥。


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