I bought some real fresh Chinese spinach yesterday and because of this steaming heat outside, I honestly don't feel like having anything too heavy. If Marco was here, I would throw in a piece of grilled fish and maybe a couple of onigiri(rice ball) with mentaiko(marinated roe) to fill him up. Since it was just for myself, I'll stick with my favorite summer veggies. :) I think these ingredients are definitely accessible anywhere and they shouldn't cost you a fortune. The cooking time is really just cooking the soba and spinach which only takes about 5 minutes. The rest are just chopping and marinating. So cooling and so healthy!