Curry Udon, Trip to Japan 2011

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I discovered new Curry Udon restaurant in Japan.  I went to Aoyama to have my hair cut during my visit. And this was the first time I went to this beauty salon. It took me about 5 hrs to finish styling my hair. Anyway, I was very hungry because I didn’t eat anything at all that day! Around 8pm, I asked my beautician where I should go to eat quickly. I didn’t want to McDonald or any Western style fast food place. She said I should go to Senkichi Curry Udon Restaurant on the way to go the subway station. I have never heard of this restaurant’s name before. So I was thinking this is a small mom and pop kind of restaurant. I was wrong. It is a chain Udon restaurant. Wow! Since I left Japan, they are always changing. Just like the salon people said, it is a good tasting restaurant and inexpensive. I think it was 680yen. (About $7 U.S. dollar) Usually, curry udon is a darker colored soup, but this is a creamy looking soup. I was happy that I could eat something new, and didn’t go to McDonalds.

What is Udon?

Udon  is a type of thick wheat-flour noodle popular in Japanese cuisine.

Udon is usually served hot as noodle soup in a mildly flavoured broth, in its simplest form as kake udon, served in kakejiru made of dashi, soy sauce (shōyu), and mirin. It is usually topped with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, often prawn or kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or abura age, a type of deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Shichimi can be added to taste. If you read more, go to this page.

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I don’t think I can order only curry udon itself. Their menu is always set which means with rice. I couldn’t finish the rice. It was too much Carbohydrates for me. This picture is the original Senkichi Curry Udon. There are many more different flavors.

カレーうどん千吉オフィシャルサイト:Curry Udon Senkichi Official Site

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 You can eat at the counter or the table.

Very Easy Italian Puttanesca Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This is a VERY easy Italian spaghetti sauce named Puttanesca Spaghetti. Here is the recipe! Plain meat sauce was my favorite for a long time but when I discovered this taste, this one become a #1 pasta to me.

My German friends liked it very much! Even my friend from Italy said he likes it. It was a very nice compliment to me.

OK, OK!! This is not Japanese recipe, but Italian is very popular in Japan. Japan has many Italian restaurants, of course. Many Japanese chef go to Italy and learn real Italianfood. This is my favorit recipe. It is easy and taste so good. So I decided to put here. Maybe somebody eles would appriciate this recipe hiere.

This is easy to cook. Also I do cheat with this meal. So this is extra easy.
What I mean, I use canned spaghetti sauce. I don’t use my own spaghetti sauce from scratch for this page.



Spaghetti pasta
Can or jar spaghetti souce your choice ——————————–half can
Anchovi can ———————————————————1 can
Olives —————————————————————1 can
Olive oil ————————————————————- 3tbs
garlic —————————————————————-1 clove
caiper —————————————————————2tbs
Small red chili ——————————————————–2 peice
Italian parsley (I recommend this if you can get it)———————little

Cook Noodle

Boil water in a large pot with some salt. Put in the noodles and cook until the spaghetti is half-way done – still has a core in the middle of the noodle. This is called al dente. Drain the noodles when done. Do NOT rinse the noodles. Do not cook the noodles too much! You will cook the noodles in the sauce in the pan. You do not want soggy noodles.

Cook Sauce 

Put olive oil in a saucepan with crushed garlic and broken chili peppers. Keep the heat low so the flavor gets into the olive oil. Put in the cut anchovies from the can and cook until it becomes paste-like. Add hand crushed olives, capers and spaghetti sauce.

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After sauce is done, put in the spaghetti noodles and mix it together.