The word Don in Udon derives from Donburi or not?

Udon is a traditional Japanese noodle made from wheat flour. The wheat noodles are white in color and thick compared to the ones for Ramen.

Since Udon, together with Ramen, is popular in many countries, I think many overseas people have eaten the Japanese noodle dish before. 

Udon (うどん, 饂飩): The Origin of the Word


When it comes to the origin of the word, it seems that some overseas people wonder whether Udon is categorized as a Donburi or not, as Udon has the word Don in the name.

As you might already know, Donburi can be abbreviated to Don and the word Don is usually used as a suffix in the Japanese dish name, like “Katsu-don (カツ丼)” and “Ten-don (天丼)“.

Actually, both Donburi and Don are written as “丼” in the Kanji Chinese character, and the Japanese word “丼” includes the 2 meanings: “Donburi-Mono (丼物)” and “Donburi-Bachi (丼鉢)”.


Donburi-Bachi is a thick Japanese ceramic bowl with depth in which Udon, Soba, Miso soup, and Donburi-Mono are typically served in Japan.

On the other hand, Donburi-Mono refers to the rice bowl dishes served in Donburi-Bachi, which include Katsu-don, Ten-don, Oyako-don, Una-don, Kaisen-don and many more.

Therefore, Udon isn’t categorized as a Donburi, but the noodle dish is often served in a Donburi-Bachi.

As for the origin of the word Udon, there are various theories, however, it remains unclear.

(Reference Pages : Wikipedia , 丼鉢, 丼物, Gogen Allguide うどん )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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