Himi Udon: The Udon Noodles Toyama Prefecture Boasts
As you may know, “Sanuki Udon (讃岐うどん)” and “Inaniwa Udon (稲庭うどん)” are among the udon noodles generally known as Japan’s 3 Best Udon.
As for the rest, the opinion varies from person to person; some say “Mizusawa Udon (水沢うどん)” is one of them, but others say “Goto Udon (五島うどん)” is included in it.
And if I give another example of the candidates that can be selected as one of the 3 best udon noodles in Japan, the udon noodle Toyama Prefecture boasts, “Himi Udon (氷見うどん)” can be included in it.
Himi Udon (氷見うどん)
“Himi Udon (氷見うどん)” is a nationally famous udon noodle known as a specialty of the city “Himi (氷見)” in Toyama Prefecture, loved by the locals. The regional udon noodle is said to actually have its roots in “Wajima Somen (輪島素麺)”, the somen noodle known as a specialty of the city of Wajima, Kanazawa Prefecture.
In 1751, a shop that specializes in udon noodles in Himi, “Takaokaya (高岡屋)” first created the original Himi Udon noodles called “Himi Ito Udon (氷見糸うどん)” (Amazon.co.jp) using the making methods of Wajima Somen.
The Takaokaya’s hand-stretched udon is made by twisting the noodles with hands through the producing process without using oil, featuring having an excellent chew and a smooth slippery texture.
Although Himi Udon originated from the Takaokaya’s Himi Ito Udon, the udon shop didn’t register its trademark. So now, an affiliated company of the udon shop in Himi “Kaizuya (海津屋)” possesses the trademark of Himi Udon.
Shop Information: Himi Udon Takaokaya Honpo
- Address: 1-6-7 Ise-Oomachi, Himi, Toyama Prefecture (MAP)
- Open throughout the year: 7:30 to 19:30
Shop Information: Himi Udon Kaizuya
- Address: 20 Kami-Izumi, Himi, Toyama Prefecture (MAP)
- Open: 9:00 to 18:30
- Closed: January 1
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 氷見うどん )