Japanese Food 100 – #46 Somen

Somen, Japanese food

Somen is very thin white Japanese noodles made of wheat flour.

The noodles are usually served cold with a chilled dipping broth and consumed in summer.  Some ingredients are add in a dipping broth, such as sliced green onions and grated ginger.

Some restaurants offer Nagashi-Somen (flowing Somen noodles) in the summer.
It serves noodles not in a bowl or a plate, but racing by in a bamboo pipe full of flowing water. You catch the noodles with your chopsticks, dip them in a cup of flavorful dipping broth and eat.
A few luxury restaurant put their Somen in real streams so that you can enjoy your meal in a beautiful garden setting.

Also, there is a dish with Somen, which is called Nyumen.
Nyumen is soup of Somen with various toppings and it’s a warm dish.

In Okinawa, there is a Somen dish, which is called Somen Champuru.
Somen Champuru is Hard-boiled somen stir-fried with thin slicaed pork and various vegetables.