Japan Meets Senegal: Soba Noodles Made from African Fonio Grain
A new type of soba noodle was created recently via a collaboration between Chef Pierre Thiam and Chef Kotani.
"Fonio is Africa’s oldest cultivated cereal" Thiam explains, "and one of the world’s healthiest grains." Sadly, it is getting replaced by foreign crops like corn.
Since writing Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal, Chef Thiam is working to bring awareness about native African crops like fonio. Thiam hopes to inspire chefs to use the ingredients, thus increasing their cultivation. Thiam reached out to Kotani to see what he could develop using his expertise, soba noodle making. The results of their experiment "transcended noodle making" Thiam writes, "watching him prepare was a unique moment, symbolizing the meeting of two ancient cultures."
Read the whole story, and watch the video here. We want to know: whats your stance on eating native produce?