Noodles in Japan: What To Eat (Part 3)

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さぬきうどん (Sanuki Ramen)


Sanuki Udon
Sanuki Udon
Soul food of Kagawa Prefecture. Resilient udon with Iriko soup. Soft and smooth sensation are just simply amazing.

徳島ラーメン (Tokushima Ramen)


Tokushima Ramen
Tokushima Ramen
Brown soup with tonkatsu soy sauce. Normally topped with pork belly, bean sprout, Welsh onion and raw egg. Thick and sweet taste.

ちゃんぽん (Chanpon)


Nagasaki Chanpon
 Chanpon
Soup made out of boiled pork ribs and chicken bones. Resilient thick noodles. What makes it special is the wide variety of ingredients used including pork, fish, seafood. Plenty of vegetables. A great healthy dish. Delicacy from the Nagasaki Prefecture.

博多ラーメン (Hakata Ramen)


Hakata Ramen
Hakata Ramen
Straight and slim noodle in a milky white tonkatsu soup. Thick but refreshing taste preferred by many people. Delicacy from Fukouka Prefecture.


Acknowledgement


Special thanks to ご当地メシ for all the great delicious pictures.


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Noodles in Japan: What to Eat (Part 1)
Noodles in Japan: What to Eat (Part 2)

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Noodles in Japan: What To Eat (Part 2)

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味噌煮込みうどん (Miso Nikomi Udon)


Miso Nikomi Ramen
Miso Nikomi Udon
Uses a miso called Hacchoumiso. Thick and strong taste. Spongy noodles simmered in a ceramic port. Served hot. Delicacy from Aichi Prefecture.

富士宮やきそば (Fujinomiya Yaki Soba)


Fujinomiya Yaki Soba
Fujinomiya Yaki Soba
What makes it different from the normal soba is the sponginess of the noodle. Fried with lard. Mixed with meat and pickled ginger. Delicacy from Shizuoka Prefecture.

伊勢うどん (Ise Udon)


Ise Udon
Iriko and sea tangle soup stock blended with Tamari soy sauce. Gives out a dark and thick gravy sauce. Delicacy from the Mie Prefecture.

和歌山ラーメン (Wakayama Ramen)


Wakayama Ramen
Wakayama Ramen
Thin and straight noodles. Contains 2 soy sauce based soup. Delicacy from the Wakayama Prefecture.

出雲そば (Izumo Soba)


Izumo Soba
Izumo Soba
Local culinary specialties of Shimane Prefecture. The dark color is what makes it special. Sweet smelling taste. Excellent nutritional value.

瓦そば (Kawara Soba)


kawara soba
Kawara Soba
Kawara means tile. As the name suggests, roasted tea-buckwheat noodles are placed on top of a heated tile. Fried until there is a little burnt smell and crispy to bring out the best taste. The hissing sound of the noodles frying on top of the tile makes you crazy to grab a bite. Delicacy from the Yamaguchi Prefecture.

津山ホルモンうどん (Tsuyama Broiled Beef Udon)


Tsuyama Broiled Beef Udon
Tsuyama Broiled Beef Udon
Udon grilling on a hot plate with broiled beef innards. Perfect combination of rich beef taste and spongy udon. Delicacy from Okayama Prefecture.
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Noodles in Japan: What to eat (Part 1)

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Noodles is my favourite food in Japan. The taste, accompanying ingredients, size of noodles, and soup vary across the different regions in Japan. This post introduces some of the signature noodles across every prefecture in Japan.

喜多方ラーメン (Kitakata Ramen)


kitakata ramen
Kitakata Ramen
Local ramen from Kitakatashi, Fukushima Prefecture. Refreshing soy sauce flavor. Thick ramen texture. 


盛岡冷麺 (Morioka Reimen) 


Morioka ramen
Morioka Reimen

冷麺 reimen means cold noodles. Iwate prefecture delicacy. Noodles are bouncy. The soup is sweet with seasonal fruits such as apple, watermelon and pear. Although it is cold noodles, that does not mean the soup are all direct from the tap. :) It was all boiled and left to cool. Goes well with kimchi.


稲庭うどん (Inaniwa Udon)


Inaniwa Udon
Inaniwa Udon

Country-style dish from Akita. Thinner than the Kishimen (flat noodles famous in Nagoya) or Houtou noodles (flat noodels famous in Yamanashi). Smooth texture that glides on your tongue :).


へぎそば (Begi Soba)


Begi Soba
Begi Soba
Famous in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture. Noodles are made from a type of seaweed called Funori. The name begi comes from a kitchen tool that is used to make this noodle.


信州そば (Shin Shuu Soba)


shin shuu soba
Shin Shuu Soba
Normally noodles that are made of more than 25% of buckwheat flour are called shinshuu soba. Shinshuu comes from a highland where it is famous for where buckwheat are harvested. Delicacy from Nagano Prefecture.


越前おろしそば (Echizen Oroshi Soba)


echizen soba
Echizen Oroshi Soba
There are various ways people have this served. Some like the grated radish on top with the soup under (well segregated), while some like it to be all mixed up. Popular among the elderly as a healthy food. Delicacy from Fukui Prefecture.


ほうとう (Houtou)


houtou noodles
Houtou
A mixture of wide-flattish noodle with pumpkin, mushrooms and potatoes simmered in miso soup. Thick soup base. Makes it a very good hot dish in the winter. Delicacy from Yamanashi.
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Honestly the best food in Japan

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Before I judge, I want to come to agreement that we all have different aji no okonomi 
味のお好み tastebuds.
Whats nice to you, may not be nice to me.
What I like, may not be what you like.
Come on, take for the known fact, that we are all different.

While the recent Gotouchi: online voted best food in Japan falls to Ryugasaki Croquette. I beg to differ.

龍ケ崎コロッケ(Ryugasaki Croquette)


I think I already had too much potatoes in my shokuji 食事 meals: french fries, mashed potatoes and hash brownies.
Stuffing cream inside potatoes and dipping them among the spaghetti sauces isn't really miryoku teki 魅力的 attractive to me.

...And yet, here are my honest opinion of the best food in Japan.
I think it deserve some kind of justice - the Gyutan Yaki.

芯たん焼き (Gyutan Yaki)



Gyutan is cow`s shitatongue.
Despite how eerie it sounds, it is the best ever Japanese food that I have tried. The first time I fell in love with it was in Sendai. (Read the post on Sendai trip).

And just in case you don't know, tongue is the strongest muscle of all body bu i 部位 parts.

So if you find some muscular chicken thigh to be very tasty, you are going to find this to be amazingly tender and delicious.

To cook it, it is often marinated and smoked. See video.

I really think the yuushou 優勝 winner badge should be on the Gyutan Yaki.

Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
Share with us on what you think is the best food in Japan.

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Ryokou: Japanese Words You Must Know About Travelling

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How to say travel in Japanese? Everything you need to know about traveling in japanese.

Picture: gdefon.com

旅行 ryokou traveling


Before you go traveling, you would want to check out on some of the packages that is offered by the  旅行会社 ryokou  gaisha traveling agency. In Japan, the top traveling agency that I have tried using was JTB and H.I.S. Of course there are some other agencies that you might want to research too. You can get information from the pamphlets outside the agencies and in most of the train stations.
Once you have decided on your trip, you can 旅行を予約する ryokou wo yoyaku suru book a trip, or 旅行を延ばす ryokou wo nobasu extend your trip. If you made a booking and regretted it, you can 旅行をやめる ryokou wo yameru give up on the trip or 旅行をキャンセルする ryokou wo kyanseru suru cancel the trip. It`s your money, decide what is best for your and most importantly is to 旅行を楽しむ ryokou wo tanoshimu enjoy your trip.

Before embarking on a trip, you will need to 旅行の準備をする ryokou no junbi wo suru make some preparations for the trip. That can be 旅行の荷物を詰める ryokou no nimotsu wo tsumeru packing up for the trip, 旅行の間犬を近所に預けてもらう ryokou no aida inu wo kinjo ni azukete morau entrusting your dogs to the neighbors during the trip, etc.

While packing up, you must never forget these 2 things.
Passport: License to 旅行に行く ryokou ni iku go traveling.
Money: You can forget to bring anything, but not your money. You forget your shirt, you buy. You forget your shoes, you buy. Perhaps most of the 旅行代 ryokou dai traveling cost is already paid up when you signed up for your trip, but things like souvenirs are not included.

When you 旅行に出かける ryokou ni dekakeru leave for a trip, inform your neighbors so that they can watch over your house for you. When you 旅行から帰る ryokou kara kaeru come back from a trip, remember to buy them souvenirs as a token of appreciation. Otherwise, they won`t be watching over your house for you anymore when you are away. :)

Remember, no matter where you go, there are 旅行制限 ryokou seigen travel restrictions, and be a good 旅行者 ryokou sha tourist. Enjoy your next trip and remember  旅行中にたくさんの写真を撮って ryokou chuu ni takusan no shashin wo totte to take a lot of pictures and 旅行中に体験を話してあげる ryokou chuu no taiken wo hanashite ageru share the stories of your journey.

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