“Suzaki Foods Shop,” a Famous Sanuki Udon Restaurant in Kagawa Prefecture

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Written by  takoyakikun

“Sanuki udon” is one of Kagawa Prefecture’s specialty dishes. The prefecture is also home to a vast quantity of udon restaurants, and since oftentimes you can get a bowl for just 200 yen, going around and eating at multiple udon restaurants is fairly popular. This time, I visited “Suzaki Foods Shop,” a popular restaurant located on the west side of Kagawa Prefecture, and it’s so well-known that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call it the mecca of sanuki udon!

A long line in front of the restaurant
A long line in front of the restaurant

There are a lot of authentic sanuki udon restaurants I want to visit, but this was the #1 stop on my list!
It’s only open from 9:00am until 11:30am!

The line continues inside
The line continues inside

I already knew there would be a long wait, but the line actually moved quickly since they took orders in advance. I’m not a fan of waiting in line, but this was a stress-free experience overall.

The menu features shoyu (soy sauce) udon only!
It comes in small (1 serving of noodles) and large (2 servings of noodles), for 200 and 320 yen respectively.
You can also choose between hot and cold udon.

A funny sticker that says “I’m crazy for white powder”
A funny sticker that says “I’m crazy for white powder”

After about just 15 minutes, I got my noodles.
The noodles were freshly cooked and piping hot, so the bowl was hot to the touch too!

Small bowl of hot udon noodles, 200 yen
Small bowl of hot udon noodles, 200 yen

With my bowl in hand, I headed over to the toppings area.

I added dashi shoyu to my udon for flavor. Be careful not to put too much on or the flavor could be overpowering!

You can also top the udon to your liking with things like ginger and green onion.

Toppings
Toppings

I added green onion and a raw egg (30 yen extra) to my freshly-made and piping hot udon, then poured some soy sauce on as well.
A raw egg is 30 yen, while an onsen tamago is 60 yen.
I’d also recommend putting on as much ginger as you’d like.

Seasonings and toppings
Seasonings and toppings

I think mine looks pretty good, if I do say so myself!
A lady I didn’t know who was nearby told me “Wow! It looks so good! Let me take a picture!” while she snapped a shot.

Incidentally, in Japan, warm udon with raw egg is called “kamatama udon.”

Kamatama udon
Kamatama udon

The grocery store attached to the restaurant also sells croquettes, which you can use as another topping on your udon.

Grocery store
Grocery store

There aren’t very many seats inside the restaurant, so I looked for a seat outside.

Seats outside the restaurant
Seats outside the restaurant

I managed to get a seat, so now it was time to dig in. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect for a meal.

People eating outside
People eating outside

The udon looked so delicious!

Breaking the egg yolk
Breaking the egg yolk

I mixed the raw egg into the udon before digging in.
The noodles were of the extra-thick variety, an iconic characteristic of sanuki udon.

Mixed up
Mixed up

The texture was so silky smooth when I finally took a bite!
The noodles had a great chewy texture and were super delicious! It’s such a simple dish, but executed perfectly!

Extra-thick noodles
Extra-thick noodles

The bowl is painted with a wish for happiness to come to you.
When you return the bowl, you let them know what you had, and then pay.
This time I had a small udon and a raw egg, coming out to 230 yen.

“Happiness, come come, good luck, no troubles, without hardships”
“Happiness, come come, good luck, no troubles, without hardships”

A Statue Near the Restaurant

There was a rather strange statue near the front of the restaurant, so I decided to take a closer look…

The statue is a bit scary looking, but… I also felt like it was wishing me a safe trip home.

Statue for “wishing the world safe travels”
Statue for “wishing the world safe travels”

Basic information on Suzaki Foods Shop

Address
3778 Takasechokamiasa, Mitoyo City, Kagawa
Tel
0875-74-6245
Business Hours
9:00am-11:30am (or until ingredients run out)
Closed
Wednesdays, April 6th and 7th of 2019, April 29th-May 4th of 2019 (and other temporary closures)
URL(Japanese)
http://suzaki-udon.sun-age.or.jp/