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Chilled Totoro Soba Noodles with Grated Yam

Chilled Totoro Soba Noodles with Grated Yam

Let's make a cute Totoro dish using the usual ingredients for chilled grated yam soba noodles. Your children will love it!

Ingredients: 1 serving

Soba noodles
100 g
Nagaimo Yam
100 g
Green onions
as needed
Nori seaweed
as needed
Mitsuba
1 leaf
Mentsuyu
as needed

Steps

1. Boil the soba noodles in plenty of boiling water.
2. While the soba is boiling, chop the green onions.
3. Slice the yamaimo to make 2 rounds (they will be Totoro's eyes), and grate the rest. Adjust the size of the eyes accordingly.
4. Cut the nori out to make the eyes, nose, and belly pattern. I just cut them out with scissors, but it may be easier if you use a craft punch.
5. This is how it looked like before I added the grated nagaimo. I put a mitsuba leaf on top of his head and finished off by garnishing with chopped green onions around it.
6. This is important!! Use only a little bit of the noodles in the center to make a shallow well for Totoro's belly.
7. Pour in the grated nagaimo into the well. Add the belly pattern nori on top, and it's done.
8. I guarantee your child will love this. Pour mentsuyu all over! It's a shame to lose the Totoro shape, but the noodles will taste better if you mix it all up before eating.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've loved Tototo ever since I was little, but he's resurfaced recently in my life as a personal trend.

I was having trouble with a loss of appetite because of the hot summer, but I regained my appetite a little with this cute decoration!!

I have a newborn son, and this is one of the dishes I will definitely make for him when he is a little older.