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……
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゛♥。