“This is probably one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, marketing-wise,” jokes Dining on a Dime host Lucas Peterson, who’s visiting Cocoron on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He’s referring to a questionable health claim hanging in the restaurant’s window, but regardless of whether or not there really are benefits to eating one’s weight in noodles, Peterson, a dedicated carbohydrate fanatic, has found his Shangri-La.
At this Japanese restaurant that specializes in Japanese soba, or buckwheat noodles, the main item can be served with various soups and sauces, either hot or cold. Soba is a centuries-old tradition in Japan, where the food received a reputation for being health food due to buckwheat’s strong thiamine content. Today, the noodles are still a stretchy, chewy, hearty, satisfying meal; watch as Peterson gets into the history of soba while dipping his noodles like a pro.