Cha (green tea) soba (buckwheat noodles)

The Italians make green pasta by including pureed spinach in the pasta dough. The Japanese add green tea to the usual soba (buckwheat) noodles to flavor them and, in the process, turning them green.

Green tea soba is not inexpensive. Over a hundred pesos for 200 grams — that’s almost four times the price of regular pasta.

But they are delicious. We had them for lunch today with a sauce that is a combination of miso and toasted sesame seeds. The recipe coming up next.