These are the udon noodle restaurants in Kyoto you cannot miss!
But on the other hand, did you know that really many food enthusiasts come to Kyoto just to have udon noodles? This is easy to understand when you get to know that Kyoto has many popular udon restaurants that always have lines to get in, and many smaller udon restaurants that have been loved by the locals for a long time. These food enthusiasts talk of Kyoto as the “hidden highly competitive udon marketplace.”
The most important part of Kyoto’s udon is the dashi broth. The udon broth made from bonito and kelp stock and thin soy sauce is exquisite. Sometimes before you notice it you have finished the whole bowl, broth and all. Kyoto’s udon is softer than others so that it can sip up the broth. It is so soft that the udon can break just from being lifted by chopsticks. Indeed, the soft noodles and the dashi broth really go well together and form a gentle taste that is sure to warm your body. Udon is great for cold winter days.
In this part I will introduce to you only the best restaurants in Kyoto’s highly competitive marketplace. I want you to go to an udon restaurant and taste the essence of Kyoto – the dashi broth.
This restaurant was founded over 80 years ago, and they are most famous for their “ten-toji udon”, noodles with shrimp tempura covered with egg soup. The soft egg and the soup’s strong dashi kick orchestrate a deep tasting udon. Okakita is close to Heian Jingu Shrine so how about stopping here on your way to the shrine?
The noodle is spongy, smooth, and soft. A dish consisting of only one noodle is something you can’t see elsewhere so remember to upload a picture to Facebook. If you are close to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, I hope you will eat a noodle here.
This far, I have introduced you to drinking at soba restaurants and to the best soba and udon restaurants of Kyoto. How did you like them? As an extra, in part four I am going to introduce some restaurants offering quaint soba and udon noodles. I hope those of you who feel like normal soba and udon are not enough will go to these quaint restaurants.