| Udon is one of the most
popular noodles in Japan. Kagawa Prefecture was once called as the
country of gSanukih and is the home of authentic Sanuki udon. It is
said that there are approximately 700 sanuki udon shops in Kagawa
Prefecture! Do you know? Kagawa Porefecture is the smallest prefecture
Sanuki udon is currently enjoying a popularity boom. Many people from
all over Japan visit here just to eat it, so there may be long lunchtime
queues at popular sanuki udon shops.
Sanuki udon is a very simple food, and that simplicity may be the
secret of its popularity. Water and salt are kneaded into flour, and
then the dough is cut into noodles and boiled.
Even though the food is very simple, the cheffs special technique
is essential. Each shop has its own particular taste, and each customer
can find his own favorite udon shop.
There is a variety of sanuki udon shops, but self-service
style is most popular at the moment. There wonft be a language problem
when ordering at this kind of shop. Take one bowl from the pile and
just tell the counter staff person "sho" (small size), "chu"
(medium size), or "dai" (large size), for the preferred
size of udon. Next, add some toppings such as tempura to the udon,
and the shop staff will say how much to pay. Lastly, pay for it at
the cashier, and then eat it.
A small bowl of udon without toppings runs about 150 yen at an inexpensive