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Hakata Udon

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cys19 Jan 23, 2014 02:23 PM

Apparently Hakata, Fukuoka is the birthplace of udon. Where are the best udon restaurants to hit up while I'm there?

Thanks.

  1. Tripeler Jan 23, 2014 07:01 PM

    I've never heard that before. I know that Kagawa prefecture is famous for its Sanuki Udon, though.

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    1. re: Tripeler
      wekabeka Jan 23, 2014 10:46 PM

      That's what I thought too.
      I think the 'origin of udon' might depend on the school of (religious) thought you subscribe to. ^_−☆

      Shingon-shu: Kukai brings udon to Shikoku in the Heian period (806).

      Rinzai-shu: Enni brings udon to Fukuoka in the Ninji-era. (1241).

      http://ja.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81...

      As I'm addicted to Kotaro's sanuki udon (Hayashi-san is a Kagawa native), and am careful not to bite the hand that feeds me, I'm going with the Kukai/Kagawa story.

      1. re: wekabeka
        E Eto Jan 24, 2014 10:10 AM

        Whichever is the original, you'd better like your udon really soft and kind of mushy, like most of the folks in Fukuoka. Kyushu style udon is known for being very soft, friendly for the old folks. I've seen TV shows showcasing Fukuoka style udon and how it's boiled to perfection for about an hour. Udon in the Chugoku region of SW Honshu is similarly soft, probably thinner, but not as mushy as Fukuoka style. The really toothsome, chewy stuff that most people like is Sanuki style from Shikoku.

        1. re: E Eto
          Tripeler Jan 24, 2014 06:25 PM

          "...boiled to perfection for about an hour."

          Great tongue-in-cheek comment, but full of truth.

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