About Japanese Udon

Tsukimi Raw Egg Udon

There are so many things to say about Udon. Have you heard of this word before? There is a high chance that you know, at least a little bit, what Udon is. The Kanji for Udon is 饂飩.

Udon is a Japanese food

If you like Japanese food or if you’re a fan of eating noodles then you already love Udon. You must know that there are many types of noodles in Japan, and all over Asia. Udon, indeed, has captured the attention of most gourmands. This is definitely one of the most popular noodle foods in Japan. The other famous noodles are of course the Soba noodles.

Udon is different from other noodles

The easiest way to describe Udon is that Udon noodles are thicker than normal noodles and that’s that. Of course, you would be wrong as there are thin noodles called just the same.

Hence, a more elegant way to describe it is to point out the following:

  • Udon is a food. It is noodles of certain thickness and width.
  • Udon noodles are usually a little thicker than other noodle types.
  • Udon noodles are made from wheat flour.
  • The manufacturing process consists of kneading and cutting the noodles in long pieces.

How to cook Udon

Udon Noodles Food

The simplest way to cook Udon is to boild the noodles and then eat them. You’re right, this is not really cooking. But the truth is that there are so many ways of cooking the noodles.

You could eat Udon in the following ways:

  • Boiled and dried Udon noodles
  • Udon noodles in the soup (similar to Ramen)
  • Fried Udon noodles

A popular place to buy Udon noodles is Tamoya or 『たも屋』.

Generally, you could use Udon in any recipes to use noodles.

Here there are the most popular, or famous types of Udon dishes:

  • Kake Udon - this is a very simple dish with boiled noodles and sometimes a little chopped onion as well.
  • Tempura Udon - this dish contains Udon noodles and deep-fried vegetables and seafood such as shrimp and scallops.
  • Curry Udon - some of sort of curry soup with Udon noodles.
  • Zaru Udon - these are boiled noodles, taken and dipped in cold water. You can eat them by adding the noodle to the soup.
  • Kitsune Udon - these noodles are added to bowl of fried-then-boiled tofu soup.
  • Tsukimi Udon - these noodles look like the Kake Udon, only they have a raw egg dropped on top.

Udon Restaurants

Do you want to try some awesome Udon dishes? Choose one of the top restaurants:

  1. Sanuki Udon Restaurant is one of the most renowned places to eat this type of noodles.
  2. Suzaki Udon also received awards for their spectacular noodle dishes.
  3. Udon made by hand by RakuRaku! This place is a little far from the capital. But if you’re in the neighborhood it’s worth having a portion or two. Their Twitter ID is RakuRaku.

Udon Restaurant Coupons and Discounts

Udon Cooking Videos

  1. 10 easy and popular Udon recipes from Macaroni Japan.
  1. How to cook Udon and how to arrange the food so that it looks amazing!
  1. Got some frozen Udon? It is easy to cook it and arrange it in a beautiful way. Apron video channel explains here.

Japanese Food Blogs

You must know that the Japanese people are crazy about food. All types, textures and tastes. Hence a multitude of Japanese food blogs. This is just wonderful as food is also what we love.

Please read this travel blog about this journey around Japan. The objective, among others, is to find some of the best Udon restaurants and shops in the country. It contains a list ranking 15 of the best appreciated Udon restaurants.

On the same note, the Travel Star magazine lists some of the most popular Udon restaurants on the Shikoku island.