61 Delancey St
(between Eldridge St & Allen St)
New York, NY 10002
It’s been snowing for hours. It’s cold. I’ve had too much greasy food lately so ramen is out of the question. I could have hot pot… OR I could have soba. Hot soba. Soba is very difficult to make (unlike ramen or udon), which is why bad soba is SO bad. Bad soba is usually very grainy and brittle. Cocoron’s soba is smooth, stretchy, and has a slightly roasted buckwheat flavor.
Too bad I’m really just reliving my hot soba moment through writing this blog post, because there is no way in hell I’m trekking to LES for this right now. But if you’re in the area, you should check out Cocoron. I blogged about it a long time ago, and it still remains one of my favorite little noodle shops in the city.
I always ask to sit at the bar when there is one because I love watching the kitchen action. There’s always so much going on. Like, that saucepan that is about to slip off and fall to the ground, spilling all the precious broth in great dramatic fashion.
R.Y. ordered what I blogged about the first time: Pork Kimchee Dip Soba. The pork kimchee broth is thick like a sauce and packed with flavor. The soba comes cold, which is a delicious contrast with the hot sauce. It’s oddly refreshing and hearty at the same time.
I decided to opt out of my usual dipping soba, and got one of the warm sobas (for some reason not listed on their website menu). It came with all kinds of good stuff, like flavorful thinly sliced pork, watercress, seaweed, and a light dashi broth.
I slurped up every last drop. I can rarely do this with ramen broth because ramen broth is usually too fatty and heavy, often with lots of msg. I’m actually slightly allergic to msg and didn’t have a reaction to this massive bowl of soba. I think they’re msg-free! So, if you’re looking for a hearty and healthy meal, seriously check out Cocoron. Or Soba-Ya (my other love).