A Quick Guide to 7 Japanese Noodles
Japan has a wide variety of noodle dishes. Noodles are very popular as a fast food, delicious and inexpensive dish. Noodles are an everyday food and you can even find noodles served cold, especially in the summer. If you find a small noodle shop in Japan, do not miss it!
Feb 12 2015 (Oct 14 2020)
You might know some kinds of Japanese noodles, but do you know the seven listed here? Check out this list so you won't be confused ordering noodle dishes in Japan.
1. RamenPhoto by jonolist on Flickr
Ramen was originally imported from China and it became one of the most delicious Japanese foods, even becoming so easily accessible like fast food. It is a big bowl of Chinese style noodles in a meat or fish based broth, served with different kinds of toppings such as sliced pork, leeks, bamboo shoots and bean sprouts.
2. UdonPhoto by OiMax on Flickr
Udon are thick white wheat flour noodles. It is mostly served in a bowl of hot bonito flavoured broth, but you can also find udon served cold.
3. SobaPhoto by Jon Åslund on Flickr
Soba are thin brown buckwheat noodles. Like udon they can be served hot or cold. If you order zarusoba, the noodles and the broth will be served separately. You dip the noodles into the cup of broth and eat.
4. Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Noodles)Photo by jetalone on Flickr
Hiyashi Chuka is a dish of cold Chinese style noodles served with cucumber, egg, red ginger and sliced pork. Normally you can find it only in the summer.
5. Sara UdonPhoto by yuichi.sakuraba on Flickr
Sara Udon is not actually udon. It is a plate of deep fried noodles with thick Chinese style sauce on top of the noodles called ankake. The sauce consists of pork, calamari, prawn, cabbage and leeks.
6. SomenPhoto by yoppy on Flickr
Somen are very thin noodles made from white wheat flour, normally served cold with a light flavoured sauce. You can put leeks, ginger and sesame seeds into the cup of sauce then dip the noodles into it.
7. Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)Photo by Fabiano Kai on Flickr
Yakisoba are Japanese style fried noodles with pork, cabbage, leeks, ginger and seaweed. You may also find Yakisoba Pan which is a bread bun filled with yakisoba.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.