somewhat off-topic, but can someone explain soba to me? I feel cretin-ish, yet I just don't get it.
I've been to all the soba houses in the city, and it's good, but not that good. Frankly, i much prefer a good udon or ramen to soba. So, can someone explain to me what i'm looking for? It doesn't seem to have much taste, the texture is kind of ok (not like a ramen or proper udon, which has a nice spring to it).