My first meal in Japan was the humble udon noodle in broth. While out with the principal to find a phone for me to use during my stay, she suggested we check out a popular udon noodle shop near my apartment.
It was so crowded! It was so fast paced that I was grateful to have a Japanese speaking person with me to navigate the chaos. You went past a few workers chopping the noodles and cooking them quickly. The noodles cooked so fast, he only dipped them into the water for seconds. After you pass the noodles being cooked, you place your order. You can choose between cold and hot udon noodles. I opted for a small order of hot noodles! She gave me a bowl of noodles, which actually was huge!
After you get your noodles, you pass through a line, buffet style, of fried goodness! This is where the price of your meal can really go up. The noodles themselves are very cheap, but each topping adds on more. There were all kinds of tempura: fried ham, fried onions, fried sweet potato, etc. All delicious! At the end of the line, you pour broth onto your noodles from something that resembles an iced tea dispenser and add on some green onion.
In the end, I opted for fried onions and sweet potato as my sides. I regretted it at the end because I could not finish it! I felt so bad because I hate wasting food. Here in Japan, you don’t have the option of taking leftover food home. You really have to order what you are going to eat because it is really wasteful! It is frowned upon to be wasteful here, so I felt so bad leaving food on my plate.
Nom! All in all, this meal was less than $5! It was so filling and super delicious. I’m a huge foodie, so I loved this meal! It was definitely a great start to my Japanese food adventures! <3