28 November 2012

Bento! #168: Houtou Fuu Udon

Guess which one is mine. :D  Thanks to Okada-san for the photo!

Whoops, I forgot the price. More than 400 yen for the large one, and under 400 yen for the regular one, from the cafeteria. I got karaage as usual. Houtou Fuu Udon / ほうとう風うどん is the usual thick Japanese wheat-flour noodle (udon), with a pumpkin-based soup, and mostly vegetables. In our school's version of it, there are some pork strips. I first tried this back in 2005 in this restaurant near Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi Prefecture:

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It is actually a specialty in that area. They have a newer, more modern-looking restaurant, which I was able to visit twice, in 2010 and in 2011. It is delicious.

As to the translation of houtou -- I can only guess. Hou might mean treasure, tou might mean sword, while fuu could either mean "-style" or wind. (E.g. 和風 = wafuu = Our style / Japanese style, or 風工学 = kaze kougaku = wind engineering, or 風洞 = fuu dou = wind tunnel).

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