Kazo, the town where Ricky and Tomoko live, is known for its udon noodles. Naturally, we had to eat some while we were there! Udon noodles in Saitama are some of the best you can find!
The noodles are served in a huge bucket!
We called ahead to make sure that the restaurant would be open for service in the afternoon – most places in Japan tend to close their service after lunch and re-open at dinner time. Getting in at the last minute, just as the waitress was taking the last orders for lunch, we all ordered the tempura udon set. The set came with tempura vegetables, tempura prawn and fish cake, and a range of condiments in which, to dip the udon noodles.
The noodles are served in a huge bucket looking receptacle, containing only hot water. A small bowl containing the udon sauce is used for dipping the noodles. It was quite funny, because of the size of the ‘buckets’ we were talking over these things during lunch, hiding behind them to eat and then popping our heads back up to talk.
Raw egg and udon noodles are a match made in (Japanese) heaven!
We were constantly laughing at each other, because of the slipperiness of the noodles. As the noodle bucket was so tall, you had to pick up the noodles with the chopsticks even higher! This often led to the noodles slipping out of our grip and landing smack bang on the table or on our laps.
There was a small sauce dish with a raw egg inside – I was reluctant to dip my noodles into it, but I found the taste and texture just a perfect combination. Who knew? Raw egg and udon noodles are a match made in (Japanese) heaven!
All in all, it was a delicious lunch, shared with amazing friends. Even baby Noah was enjoying the lunch, quiet as a button – that was before the car ride home!