Himi Udon : The Udon Noodles Brand that Toyama Prefecture Boasts

Just as there are 3 Japanese local ramen brands that are famous as the Japan’s 3 best ramen noodles, Sanuki udon (讃岐うどん) and Inaniwa udon (稲庭うどん) are well-known to Japanese as 2 of the Japan’s 3 best udon noodles.

As far as the rest goes, the opinion varies from person to person. For example, some say that Mizusawa udon (水沢うどん) is one of them, but others say that Goto udon (五島うどん) is one of them.

If I give another example of the candidates that can be selected as one of the Japan’s 3 best udon noodles, the udon noodles brand that Toyama Prefecture boasts falls under that.

Himi Udon : The Udon Noodles Brand that Toyama Prefecture Boasts

The Toyama’s nationally famous udon brand is Himi udon (氷見うどん). Actually, the word included in the brand name “Himi (氷見)” is one of the cities in Toyama Prefecture, so the udon noodle is a familiar local food to those who live in and around the city.

It is said that Himi udon has its roots in the somen noodles known as a specialty food of the city of Wajima, Kanazawa Prefecture. In 1751, a udon specialty shop in Himi, “Takaokaya (高岡屋)” made the original Himi udon noodles “Himi Ito Udon (氷見糸うどん)” (Amazon.co.jp) for the first time, using the technique of Wajima Somen.

The Takaokaya’s hand-stretched udon is made by twisting the noodles with hands until the final producing process without using oil. Himi Ito Udon features having the good points of both hand-made and hand-stretched, that is, excellent chewiness and smooth texture.

Although Himi udon has its origin in the Takaokaya’s Ito Udon, Takaokaya didn’t register the trademark, so an affiliated company of the udon specialty shop in Himi “Kaizuya (海津屋)” has the trademark of the udon brand “Himi Udon”.

Shop Information : Himi Udon Takaokaya Honpo Head Shop

Address : 1-6-7 Ise-Oomachi, Himi, Toyama Prefecture (MAP)
Open : 7:30 to 19:30

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia “氷見うどん”)


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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