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As a custom in Japan, Japanese usually eat Soba (buckwheat noodles) in hot soy-base soup at night on New Year’s Eve, praying for long life year after year. I’m not good at making the soup and ordered from a restaurant last time. This time, I found we could have noodles at a place where we can ring bells on New Year’s Eve. (This is another custom in Japan.)  I was talking with my friend about it, and we decided to go there. However, at the last minute, I found out that the place for noodles was different from the one for ringing bells. (PDF here) We were searching for a restaurant that offers noodles like last time, but I couldn’t find any. So, as I bought buckwheat noodles last weekend, I asked her if I bring them to her place to make some. So, it happened.

She bought some Tempura, soup base, and green onions. In addition, she got spinach. Although I categorized this post as my cooking, I didn’t really cook. Haha. I just boiled noodles, and she did the rest. She also made Goma-ae for us. 🙂

Buckwheat Noodles on New Year’s Eve

One noodle soup each wasn’t enough for both of us. So, we made more after. 😀

Spinach Goma-ae

She made Goma-ae, using sesame paste of Hong-Kong (Taiwanese she corrected!) product. I kept forgetting to ask her what kind of product it was.

(pictures taken by iPhone)

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Collin and I sometimes watch the TV show called Chopped. And one day, I asked him what if I choose ingredients in a mystery box and you cook. He said “yeah!” Well, there is no one chopped, though.

It’s been a while since the last challenge again! This is the 8th one. This time, he asked me to buy ingredients but not to tell him until he started cooking, instead of telling him before he goes shopping.

We don’t have a pantry like the TV show has, so I told him to buy things that you might want to use with the secret ingredients that I bought.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Ground Beef, and
  • Eggplant

There were more ingredients that I listed, but some of them weren’t cookable when he started cooking, so I eliminated them and the list ended up being small.

Both need to be cooked within one hour. He can use whatever in cupboard or fridge.


Here are outcomes of his cooking. He plated both in one plate.

Appetizer: Tuna Tataki Soba Salad with Sweet Pea Shoots


It was kind of sad to see the fact that he actually cooked expensive fatty tuna. 😦 Well, the taste was good, but I wanted to eat as raw. 😛 On the other hand, the Soba noodles were cooked nicely with Dashi, although he hadn’t done before. I ate more after I cleaned the plate. Adding pear and pea shoots was helpful to taste together.

Main dish: Beef and Eggplant Croquette with Long Beans and Asparagus


As he found out that one of suppose-to-be-ingredients wasn’t cookable just before he prepared, he had to change the plan. He used Panko (Japanese breadcrumb) to make croquette.

Diced eggplant was in the croquette, but I didn’t taste them at all. I probably ate long beans first time. It was OK. I don’t think it tasted good with the croquette. And, I wish he had more sauce to eat croquette.


Verdict: I didn’t enjoy the main much, but it’s kind of my fault that I didn’t check all ingredients were ready. So, fifty-fifty?

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After I came back from skiing in Whistler on New Year’s Eve, I searched for restaurants who still provided shrimp tempura at that time. It was almost 7:00pm. I found Ebi Ten’s twitter that they served even better; Soba noodles come with them! I called them if those were still available and what time they were open till. Ebi Ten is a Japanese fast food restaurant, close to the Vancouver library.

Japanese usually eat Soba (buckwheat noodles) in hot soy-base soup at night on New Year’s eve, and my family used to buy shrimp tempura and serve them on top of noodles.

I ordered Soba noodles and tempura from their New Year’s eve special to go, and also Takoyaki to eat in, as I was so hungry from skiing.

(Deep-fried ball that chopped octopus is in it.)

Takoyaki at Ebi Ten in Vancouver

Soba Noodles and Soup

Soba Noodles and Soup at Ebi Ten in Vancouver

Assorted Tempura
(Two prawn, Carrot, and Zucchini)

Assorted Tempura at Ebi Ten in Vancouver

Shrimp Tempura for Collin

Shrimp Tempura at Ebi Ten in Vancouver

And, just before mid-might, I warmed up soup and noodles and served for myself.

Soba Noodles Soup topped with Assorted Tempura

Soba Noodles Soup topped with Assorted Tempura at Ebi Ten in Vancouver

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Ebi Ten

(Picture of menu)

Address: 388 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(In front of Vancouver downtown library)
TEL: 604-689-9938
Facebook: page
Twitter: @Ebiten_robson

[Mon – Fri] 9:00 – 21:30
[Sat – Sun] 11:00 – 20:30

Price Note
– Takoyaki 4pcs $2.25
– Soba Noodles Soup and Assorted Tempura $6.38
– Shrimp Tempura $6.95

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