Sanuki Udon Class

Sanuki udon is a popular type of udon originally from Kagawa prefecture in Shikoku Japan. Sanuki is an old name of Kagawa Prefecture. The udon is characterized by its thick, square shape and more tender texture. There are several ways of eating udon. The basic is to choose the temperature: cold or hot in soup. Then there are a lot of choices of toppings and side dishes: eggs, ginger, spring union, dipping sauce, beef, tempura, etc.

There are around 700 udon shops in Kagawa prefecture. Many are family run small shops that only open for a few hours a day until lunch time and/or close on certain days. So if you want to have udon in Kagawa, lunch hour is probably the best. Besides, not all restaurants are served at the table. Many restaurants are self-served which means that you have to go pick your own toppings, side dish, then order udon at the cooking counter. Of course, you would have to clean up (turn tray) as well.

In addition to buying and tasting, you may also try to make some yourself. Nakano Undo School is one of the most famous and popular one.

Nakano udon school 中野烏冬學校
The school principal 松永澄子 has been teaching udon classes for 30 years. She was very animated when explaining every steps from making dough to the finished product. She even joked about how udon keeps her young.
Nakano udon school 中野烏冬學校
The class began with rolling a prepared dough into a thin layer, then cut it into noodles. That’s what you will eat. Then prepare the dough for the next class because the dough will have to be rested, I think.
Nakano udon school 中野烏冬學校
When you finish your class which takes about 50 minutes, you will be presented a graduation certificate which a scroll with a rolling pin!
Nakano udon school 中野烏冬學校
You may choose to take away your handmade udon or cook and eat right there and then. For dining in, you may choose the side dishes to go with your udon.
製作烏冬後,你可以選擇把 DIY 烏冬帶回家,或在學校內即煮即吃。如果在店內用餐,可以選擇配菜。
Nakano udon school 中野烏冬學校
There are two Nakano udon schools. One in Kotohira-cho which is at the shopping street of the famous Kotohira-gu shrine. The other is in Takamatsu city. Reservation is required for taking udon classes (min. 2 people). Please check out the details from the official website.

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