Kagawa prefecture is very well known for its udon noodles. Though it has become a local gourmet dish that no longer requires explanation, this time we will be introducing a little trivia related to Kagawa’s udon shops.
This time we visited Tsuzumi, an udon shop that makes its own noodles and has been in business in Marugame city for over 20 years. It’s a nostalgic shop that even I, photo-writer Furukawa (born in Kagawa) often visited during my high-school years.
The menu of the shop contains over 100 items!! I had a hard time deciding, but this time I ordered “Futago-chan”, the shop’s original dish.
By the way, this shop is not self-service. The self-service udon shops (where you buy a ticket from a dispenser at the front of the shop and give it to the waiter to get your order) are a relatively new phenomenon in the prefecture. You usually have to order at shops that have been in business a long time.
While waiting for my udon noodles, I take a look around the shop and…
Take a close look at the bottom left corner of the photograph.
The oden looks so delicious. That’s right, this is the trivia I wanted to introduce. At udon noodle shops in Kagawa, for some reason you can always find oden (except at self-service ones). According to one theory, the broth for udon and oden is the same, so it was easy to introduce it as a side dish.
Also, the sauce served together with oden at udon shops is usually sweet spicy miso. This is slightly off topic, but as a child I used to love this miso sauce, and would often just eat the oden and leave the noodles.
Egg simmered in broth and topped with plenty of sweet spicy miso sauce… I don’t care if my cholesterol level or blood sugar rises, I can’t enjoy life without this!
Well then dear readers, you might have already forgotten, but this the “Futago-chan” (‘Twin’) I ordered. Just as its name suggests, the bowl has been split into two: one side is topped with fried shrimp, and the other with pickled plum (other toppings are available). The more you eat the stronger the flavor of the noodles becomes, and I just can’t get enough of this noodle soup filled with the aroma of sardine broth! The flavor is simple, so it’s goes down with a slurp even after the oden is gone.
So, the next time you come to visit Kagawa prefecture, do try out udon noodles as well as the oden at an udon shop! And don’t forget to put plenty of that delicious miso sauce on!
Teuchiudon (Hand-made Udon Noodles) Tsuzumi
Location: 52-2 Tori-cho, Marugame city, Kagawa prefecture
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30-19:30, Sat & National holidays 7:30-16:00, Sun 9:00-16:00
Closed: Irregular holidays
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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