Know Your Japanese Noodles

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    So Many Noodles

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    There are many kinds of noodle dishes consumed in Japan. Identifying each one can be tricky. Here is a visual guide to help you sort through it all.

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    Shoyu Ramen

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    Shoyu ramen is ramen noodle in soy sauce-flavored soup.

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    Miso Ramen

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    Ramen noodles in miso based soup are called miso ramen.

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    Shio Ramen

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    Ramen noodle is served in a salt-flavored soup with toppings such as corn.

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    Tonkotsu Ramen

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    Tonkotsu means pork bones in Japanese. Ramen noodles are served in tonkotsu-based soup.

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    Hiyashi Chuka

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    Hiyashi Chuka is like a noodle salad and is eaten during the summer in Japan. Toppings and dressings vary.​

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    Hiyashi Chuka Noodles with Sesame-Flavored Dressing

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    This is a variation of basic hiyashi chuka and is served with sesame flavored dressing (goma-dare).

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    Cold Somen

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    Cold somen (thin wheat noodles) are served with dipping soup and toppings.

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    Somen noodles in hot soup are usually called nyumen.

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    Yakisoba noodles are stir-fried with meat and vegetables and seasoned with sauce.

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    Kata Yakisoba

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    This is a crunchy kind of yakisoba (fried noodles) served with a thick sauce.

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    Kitsune Udon

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    Udon noodles served in hot soup and topped with seasoned aburaage (fried bean curd) are called kitsune udon.

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    Yaki Udon

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    Yaki udon is stir-fried udon noodle similar to yakisoba.

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    Zaru Soba

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    Zaru soba is cold buckwheat noodle spooned onto a bamboo plate (zaru). It's served with dipping soup and some toppings.

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    Tsukimi Soba

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    Tsukimi soba is hot soba (buckwheat noodles) with a raw egg topping.

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    Bukkake Udon

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    The sauce is simply poured over boiled udon (thick wheat noodles). It's served with various toppings, such as grated daikon radishes and grated ginger.

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    Miso Nikomi Udon

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    Miso nikomi udon is a hot udon noodle dish simmered in miso-based soup.

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    Curry Udon

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    Udon noodle is served in hot curry soup.

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    Dipping noodles are generally called tsukemen. Chilled ramen noodles are served with dipping soup and toppings on the side.

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    Udon Salad

    This salad is made with udon noodles and various toppings.