The Japan’s 3 Best Udon Noodles Brands
When it comes to representative Japanese noodle dishes, what come to my mind are the Japan’s 3 major noodle dishes, namely, Ramen, Soba, and Udon.
They are popular not only in Japan, but also in the world.
Among them, speaking of Udon noodles, have you ever heard that there are some kinds of Udon noodles that are called ‘the Japan’s 3 Best Udon Noodles’?
- The Japan’s 3 Best Udon noodles Brands
- The features of the above 6 Udon noodles brands
- Recommended item from the Japan’s 3 Best Udon Noodles Brands
The Japan’s 3 Best Udon noodles Brands
I am going straight to the point.It is generally said that Sanuki Udon (讃岐うどん), which is a specialty food of Kagawa Prefecture, and Inaniwa Udon (稲庭うどん), which is known as a specialty of Akita Prefecture, are two brands of the Japan’s 3 Best Udon noodles.
But as far as the other goes, 4 Udon noodles are picked up as its candidate.They are Mizusawa Udon (水沢うどん) from Gunma Prefecture, Goto Udon (五島うどん) from Nagasaki Prefecture, Himi Udon (氷見うどん) from Toyama Prefecture, and Kishimen (きしめん) from Aichi Prefecture.
The Udon that is selected as the rest depends on the selection criteria.Therefore the opinion varies from person to person.
The features of the above 6 Udon noodles brands
Here are the features of the above 6 Udon noodles brands.
Sanuki Udon (讃岐うどん)
Sanuki Udon is a specialty of Kagawa Prefecture.In fact, Kagawa Pref. is the Japan’s top consumer of Udon noodles.The striking feature of Sanuki Udon is that it is thick and very chewy.The soup stock is made from small sardines and so on, which is rich in aroma, and seasoned with soy sauce.A popular Japanese Udon chain, Marugame-Seimen (丸亀製麺), which has about 800 Udon specialty restaurants throughout Japan, provides Sanuki Udon noodles.
Inaniwa Udon (稲庭うどん)
Inaniwa Udon originated in southern Akita Prefecture.This Udon was an item presented to feudal lords and the Imperial royal family of Japan for a long time and ordinary people couldn’t eat it until 1972.Inaniwa Udon are dried noodles, which are stretched by hand with no use of oil.The noodle is pretty thin and it is characterized by its smooth and slippery feeling.
Mizusawa Udon (水沢うどん)
The producing district of Mizusawa Udon is in and around the town of Ikaho, Gunma Prefecture, which is famous for its hot spring.This Udon is translucent with a white color, and it features its chewy and elastic texture.Mizusawa Udon is commonly served cold and eaten dipping in soy sauce soup or sesame sauce.
Goto Udon (五島うどん)
Goto Udon is known as a specialty food of Nagasaki Prefecture.It is said that the origin dates back to more than 1000 years ago.The round and thin shaped noodle has an unique texture with smoothness and elasticity, and the Udon is characterized by the richness and fullness of its flavor because it is made using camellia oil.The noodles hardly become loosened with hot water.
Himi Udon (氷見うどん)
As the Udon name indicates, Himi Udon is the Udon noodles eaten in and around the city of Himi, Toyama Prefecture.This Udon also has a long history and the origin dates back to the mid Edo period, about 300 years ago.The noodle is thin but very chewy and it features its smooth and slippery palate feeling.It is said that this Udon is rich in flavor because it is made using no oil.
Kishimen is known as one of the specialty foods, called Nagoya Meshi, of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.The Udon in flat strips, which is different in shape from ordinary Udon noodles, is translucent with a white color, and it features its smooth and slippery palate feeling.The texture is soft but chewy.
Recommended item from the Japan’s 3 Best Udon Noodles Brands
As I wrote above, It is said that Inaniwa Udon is a brand of the Japan’s 3 Best Udon Noodles in general.So let me introduce a recommended item from Inaniwa Udon.
Speaking about famous and popular Inaniwa Udon noodles shops, Sato-Yosuke is the most famous Inaniwa Udon specialty shop.The shop, with over 150 years of history, has presented its Inaniwa Udon noodles to the Imperial royal family of Japan.
In fact, a few years ago, the Inaniwa Udon noodles of Sato-Yosuke won 13th place in the popularity contest of Japan’s delicious souvenirs that was held by a Japanese TV program.
|Yosuke Sato Inaniwa Udon,300g|