Travel to Tokyo – 6. Udon

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6. Udon

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If you come to Japan, then please do not miss this chance to try Udon noodles. One thing I want to stress here is that you do not have to go to posh restaurants for nice udon. At least when it comes to udon, I can not agree that posh restaurants are better then casual restaurants. There are some famous casual udon restaurant chains in Japan and they are all amazing. Especially, “丸亀製麺(Marugame Seimen)” and “はなまるうどん(Hanamaru Udon)” are my favourite. All menu are available for about £2.00 – 5.00 so you can feel very easy and relax. Luckily, they have so many branches all over Japan so I think you can find at least one during your trip even if you do not try to. So today, I will introduce these restaurants which are very close to Japanese people’s life.

 

This time, we went to Marugame Seimen in Tokyo Haneda Airport (B1). What makes their restaurants special is their help yourself system. Before you go to the counter, you need to decide Udon to order. (There is a menu board in front of the door.) If you are curious of their menu and price, you caan visit their website from here. When you go to the counter, tell your order to the kitchen. There are also menu board on your head at the counter.

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Once you order udon, slide your tray to left and the chef will give you udon in a minute. Then keep slide your tray with udon, then you will reach topping and rice ball area. If you want something there, take plates beside toppings and add them on your tray. If you don’t want anything just pass that area, then you will reach the till area and pay money for your order.

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There are some free topping and drink as well. Japanese people often put some finely chopped spring onion and grated ginger etc… These essential toppings are available for free. And water and hot tea are also available for free. Usually there are boxes of these toppings on your table and you can take them as much as you want. Or sometimes there are tables just for toppings and drink. In any case, you will find them after you pay.

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This time we ordered “Kake (plain udon just with soup)” and “Curry udon (udon with Japanese curry)”. These pictures were taken after we added toppings.

My husband added spring onion to his curry udon after this, and he loves it. When you visit there please enjoy your original udon!

 

If you are now curious how to make udon, please visit my recipe to make udon.

 

I know sometimes it needs courage to go into the restaurants when you do not know how they are. I hope this article will help all the foreign people who wants to make closer experiences to Japanese people’s life! xx

Travel to Tokyo – 3. The Butcher

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3. The Butcher

 

Butcher???

I imagine that you are confused.

 

In Japan, you can find many butchers especially in small towns. But why butchers? Should you buy “Wagyu beef“? No! In the butchers, you can also buy freshly cooked small foods like croquettes. Because they use very good quality of meat, these small snacks are very popular in the local areas. Some people buy for dinner, and some people buy for snacks.

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If you feel a little bit hungry during the trip, visit Japanese butchers to get perfect snacks for you. If you are curious Japanese croquettes, visit my recipe page.

 

This is Mince Cutlet, which is also popular food in butcher. In this butcher, they mixed pork mince and beef mince, which is a very common technique for Japanese people. Outside is very crispy and inside is very juicy.

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Japanese word meaning butcher is “精肉店 (Seinikuten)”. Usually the shop has a open counter facing to the street so that you do not have to feel stressed to go through the doors. And there is a showcase which obviously can be seen from outside.

(Because these butchers had open counters, I did not take photos how these shops looked. If you are curious, search images of “精肉店 コロッケ” on Google.)

 

You might need a lot of effort to jump into the local shops, but do not worry. Japanese people love it, when foreign people try our culture! xx