Where to find Tempura Udon?
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You seem to know what you are talking about so I would like to ask you if you know of a good place in the Boston area where I could find a passable bowl of Tempura Udon. Although I have not yet been to Asia I lived in San Francisco for sixteen years most of which was spent just a block from Japantown. I realize that it must absolutely pale in comparison to Japan yet, in SF I came to appreciate the quality of Japanese faire even more than that of the food in the city's Chinatown. The ingredients just seemed to be very fresh. Now that I have returned to the Boston area I find myself yearning for a warm bowl of delicious Udon slurpiness with the tasty red hot pepper flakes especially on a cold and wet day.
Thank you for any assistance that you may offer. If anyone else has any recommendations I would certainly appreciate your input as well.
I really really love Ittyo in the Porter Exchange Mall in Cambridge. I'm obsessed with their shrimp tempura udon. I crave it all the time. I seriously go there once a week. It's sick. However, I have never been to Japan so I'm not sure how it compares. To me it always tastes super fresh, the udon is delicious and the shrimp is always perfectly cooked. Good luck!
So you're not left hanging. I'd say go to Sakurabana on Broad St in downtown Boston. One of the better Japanese places, and they do their udon noodles much better than most too. They also offer soba noodles. I love udon and this is my go to place for it locally. Oga does decent ones, but way too far out (in Natick). Fugakyu does decent ones but too expensive for what you get.
621 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776
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Ken's Ramen Noodle in Allston (located at the former Super 88 entrance) is excellent authentic Sapporo noodlles. Try the shio ramen with yuzu. Excellent.
I used to dislike Sapporo Ramen in Porter Square but they changed their recipes a couple years ago and it's excellent as well. Their noodles are not as good as Ken's though.
Another is MenTei on Hereford or Gloucester St. in Boston. They make a decent roasted pork ramen.
That said none of these compare to Ippudo Ramen in NYC!!!