7. Sanuki-Udon (Shikoku)
Sanuki-udon are wheat-flour noodles that originated on the Japanese island of Shikoku, though they have grown in popularity across the country. These noodles are notable for their nice body and smooth texture.
Sanuki-Udon is typically served in a simple broth, made from kelp and soy sauce, that really highlights the noodle itself. This dish is sometimes garnished with sesame seeds and ingredients like egg, ginger, and leeks are also other optional additions.
Although trying a popular, world-renowned Japanese food—like ramen or sushi—isn’t a bad idea, the country’s many regions have their own unique dishes to offer. Whether you’re looking for a crispy tempura-battered snack, a delicious soup, or a one of a kind breakfast, Japan definitely has something for you, as long as you’re ready to explore the wide world of its regional cuisine.