Himi Udon: Udon Noodles Toyama Prefecture Boasts
As you might already know, Sanuki Udon (讃岐うどん) and Inaniwa Udon (稲庭うどん) are among the udon noodles generally considered Japan’s 3 Best Udon or 日本三大うどん.
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 claim Goto Udon (五島うどん) is.
Further, if I give another example of the candidates, the one Toyama Prefecture boasts, Himi Udon (氷見うどん), falls into that place.
Himi Udon (氷見うどん)
Himi Udon (氷見うどん) is a nationally famous udon noodle known as a local specialty of Himi City in Toyama.
The regional udon has its roots in Wajima Somen (輪島素麺), the somen noodles loved by the locals of Wajima City, Kanazawa Prefecture.
In 1751, a shop specializing in udon noodles in Himi, Takaokaya (高岡屋), first created the original Himi Udon called Himi Ito Udon (氷見糸うどん) using the production method of Wajima Somen.
The shop’s hand-stretched udon consists of wheat flour dough twisted through the production process without using oil, and the resulting noodles have a smooth, slippery texture and an excellent chew.
Although the present Himi Udon originates from Takaokaya’s Himi Ito Udon, the maker didn’t register its trademark, and now, an affiliated company of the udon shop Kaizuya (海津屋) possesses it.
Shop Information: Himi Udon Takaokaya Honpo
- Address: 1-6-7 Ise-Oomachi, Himi City, Toyama Prefecture (Google Maps)
- Open throughout the year: 7:30 to 19:30
Shop Information: Himi Udon Kaizuya
- Address: 20 Kami-Izumi, Himi City, Toyama Prefecture (Google Maps)
- Open: 9:00 to 18:30
- Closed: January 1
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 氷見うどん )