Thursday, November 27, 2014

First Meal in Japan: Udon, you are not my kind of Noodle

We flew from Amsterdam to Tokyo via Fukuoka, a large city in the southern part of Japan. Japan's airports are divided into domestic and international and they are a (free) shuttle bus away from each other. Because our flight from Fukuoka to Tokyo is a domestic flight, we have to transit from the international airport part to the domestic part, but first, we have to go through immigration and then pick up our luggage.

Finally arriving at the domestic airport of Fukuoka and having just checked in for our flight to Tokyo, I was looking forward to my first meal in Japan: A warm noodle soup lunch. I was not feeling well and I needed some hot soup to warm up my stomach. The Dutchman on the other hand did not want anything.

The noodle bar at Fukuoka Domestic Airport.

Udon noodle with a vegetable tempura fritter. 

Fukuoka is famous for its Hakata Udon Noodle and I have read that Fukuoka is apparently the birth place of Udon, so that made me a very curious foodie. I need to try Hakata or any Udon noodle in Fukuoka! And so I found this noodle bar just beside our boarding gate which was very handy.

Udon is a typically Japanese type of noodle, a thick wheat flour noodle which I realised I do not really fancy at all. It may have to do with its girth, too thick for a usual noodle, and the texture, a bit slimy for my liking. There are however other types of Udon, varying per region, some are thinner and flat, whilst others are shaped differently.

Perhaps I will like Yaki Udon which is similar to Yaki Soba, a stir-fried noodle dish garnished with vegetables and meat. Stir-fry dishes are always good.

Have you tried this thick Udon noodle? Do you like it?

Travel Period: November 2014
Destination: Fukouka, Japan

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