Saturday, June 5, 2010

Back in Japan (June 2010)...Local noodle gourmet

I came back to Japan a few days ago. I'm staying with my family in Urawa for almost 2 weeks. Since I've been under the weather, I just want to relax and heal as much as I can in this stay.

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For the first few days, I'm hitting the very local places I like for noodles. First night was a soba joint. They make the very nice homemade soba and udon noodles. I had the soup soba and summer tempura including kisu fish and summer mountain herbs. My nephew, Wataru, had the cold udon ("zaru udon") with tempura.

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Starting June, many Chinese restaurants serve "Hiyashi Chuka" (Chinese-style cold noodle dish). I had the tofu salad and hiyashi chuka. My seafood hiyashi chuka was so delicious.

At my #1 hole-in-the-wall joint, Nyan Nyan in Kita-Urawa, I had their super simple and rustic Yakisoba (fried noodles). I never get tired of their yakisoba or gyoza. I love the flavor of the "oil" of this dish, but it never makes my stomach feel heavy.