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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Udon, the amateur way

It's nearly impossible to find good udon in Chicago, let alone the Sanuki style udon that people from all over Japan travel to Kagawa Prefecture just to eat. We miss Sanuki udon like crazy - and so on Friday night we decided to try making it ourselves.

I think any udon shokunin would have been horrified to see us making udon - and would have been horrified to see the results. We tried hard to mix the flour and water just so, roll out the dough and "walk" on it enough times to achieve the perfect texture, and cut it to the appropriate thickness. But for amateurs, these steps aren't easy. I think it takes years of practice to perfect udon.

And believe me, our udon was far from perfect. Although we strived to create the long, slick noodles we had eaten dozens of times in Japan, our udon was more like a cross between Eastern European bread "dumplings" and chewy Italian gnocchi. And it was very heavy - I became full after only a few bites.

But even though it wasn't perfect, we had fun trying. And maybe next time it will be better! Practice makes perfect, right?

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  • I wish I had been there! Well, you'll have more parties to practice more, right?

    By Blogger Huckle Cat, at 9:56 PM  

  • We'll need to have many more parties to practice!! We'll look forward to having you there next time :)

    By Blogger v_horizon, at 10:26 PM  

  • Great. There's no one who had made Udon ever in my family though we are all Japanese...

    It is a very traditional food but some amazing innovations had happened in the end of the last century to the flour, the basic ingredient of Sanuki udon. So the taste of today's Sanuki udon is very surprising even for us Japanese.

    It's a pity that there's no entertaining way of making Udon like making Pizza, swinging the chunk of flour lol.

    By Blogger bun, at 11:02 PM  

  • Hi bun-san,
    I think very few Japanese have ever made udon - unless they are from Kagawa-ken (^-^). That area of the country really has an udon culture.

    It's true, I never saw anyone swinging around a chunk of flour to make udon. Maybe I'll have to try that next time - maybe it will help improve our results!

    By Blogger v_horizon, at 10:46 PM  

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