November 8, 2010

#198: Shirakiku Sanukiya Somen Fresh Japanese Style Original

Some fresh noodles. Some this time – I know Udon, but what it somen? Wikipedia says:

Sōmen (?) are very thin, white Japanesenoodles made of wheat flour. The noodles are usually served cold and are less than 1.3 mm in diameter. The distinction between sōmen and the next thicker wheat noodles hiyamugi and even thicker Japanese wheat noodles udon is mostly the size of the noodle. Somen noodles are stretched when made, as are some types of udon noodles.

Sōmen are usually served cold with a light flavored dipping sauce or tsuyu. The tsuyu is usually a katsuobushi-based sauce that can be flavored with Welsh onion, ginger, or myoga. In the summer, sōmen chilled with ice is a popular meal to help stay cool.

So same stuff as the udon, just skinnier noodles. Also these aren’t server cold, by the way.

As you can see, the noodles are indeed thinner. A couple tasty packets awaiting dump into…

The bowl. Eveything in and a bath of water. 5 minutes in the microwave? Wow!

Click image to enlarge. Here we are – piping hot noodles and soup. So initially when I took this stuff out of the microwave, I was hit with a strong smell of seaweed. I did some stirring and noticed that there was a nice plentiful amount of it in the bowl. Upon letting it cool, I started in on it, first the noodles. Not chewy at all but very nice texture. The seaweed blended into it, lending itself to a more flavorful nosh. I found myself sipping the soup then going to noodles alternatively; it was natural and was enjoyable. I complain about the lack of ingredients and simple nature of packs of noodles quite often as boring and unimaginative., Here we have simple and elegant; the other side of the spectrum. I found this to be qui8te good and would definitely enjoy this again and recommend it to others. I give it a 4.25 out of 5.0 stars. Get it here.

Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.

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