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Five reasons to love the humble udon noodle

Tania Ballantine

In honour of noodle month (it's a thing, get over it), here are five reasons to love my personal favourite: udon

1. Because you’re so over ramen. 

2. Because a bowl of udon is like a bowl of fat, albino worms. Chewy and satisfying.

3. Because it’s foot-pulled. That’s right people, the dough is too solid to knead and pull by hand, so it’s traditionally done by foot. 

4. Because it’s actually got its own movie (‘Udon’, a Japanese language coming-of-age flick about a struggling young comedian who reconnects with his humble noodle-making dad via udon. Yup, I’ve seen it.)

5. Because you can eat udon hot or cold. Or wet. Or dry. It’s almost as versatile as a Bird’s Eye potato waffle.

Got a craving? Try the udon at Koya Bar in Soho, Ichiryu near Centrepoint or Tokyo Diner in Chinatown. 

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