I'm doing a demo on Japanese cuisine next week and I've got to come up with something that's relatively simple to make, cheap, and easy enough to have 20-30 people taste (teenagers included) . Since the topic concerns the diversity of Japanese food, I will NOT be demo-ing sushi (however easier that might be). I'll have to prepare some in advance (so that guests will be able to taste) and will need it to be able to hold (hot or cold) for a good amount of time. I'll have 30 minutes to complete the demo/tasting.
I'm a seasoned chef, have access to a Japanese supermarket, and have a good understanding of Japanese cusine, but for some reason i'm coming up blank...I thought about making fresh soba, as i'm familiar with making pasta, but after watching a couple of japanese chefs make it on youtube, I don't know if I'm up to the task...Any ideas fellow CH'ers have will be more than appreciated.