Exceptionally Well Done Udon
The production of Inaniwa udon requires careful selection, and is very labour intensive with a handmade process of up to 4 days. This means it’s only made in small quantities, making this specialty udon a rare treat even in Japan.
The birthplace of Inaniwa udon located in the tiny village of Inaniwa in Yuzawa city, Akita prefecture
Inaniwa is surrounded by mountains and forests.
Inaniwa is about a twenty minute drive from Yukawa station.
Artisans work daily to produce Inaniwa udon, a three-day labour of love.
The dough is kneaded, formed into noodles, stretched and cut by hand.
Workers inspect every single noodle, removing any imperfect ones.
The making of Inaniwa udon is what makes it special.
The birth of Inaniwa udon
Thinner and smoother than conventional ramen, Inaniwa udon is handmade every step of the way. Inaniwa udon is made with techniques and ingredients passed down the Sato Yosuke family line for hundreds of years, a closely guarded recipe that was developed in 1665 and originally only served to the Imperial family. In 1860, Inaniwa udon finally became available to the public, and has since remained firmly established as one of Japan’s best udon noodles.
Technique is what makes Inaniwa udon special. Dough is kneaded, formed stretched, and cut into noodles by hand (meticulously taking into account subtle details such as temperature and humidity). Workers then painstakingly inspect every single noodle, removing any imperfect ones. From start to finish, it takes about four days to make a batch of Inaniwa udon. This attention to detail is evident in the quality of the noodles, and is why they are sold at a premium.
The easy-to-slurp and chewy Japanese udon is simple yet deep in its nature.
Original Hot Udon
A skilful chef preparing the Inaniwa udon
Hot/Cold Udon with Roasted Eel Rice Bowl
A smoothness that your throat can feel, and a strength that cannot be imagined by the thinness - two distinctive features of Inaniwa Udon.
Thanks to modern production techniques, the delicate taste of Inaniwa udon, once available only to a select few, is now enjoyed by many.