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【英語】 Somen : そうめん、夏の風物詩。ツルっと音を立てていただきましょう。

“Somen” :そうめん
“Somen” is a kind of Japanese noodle made of wheat flour.

そうめんは小麦粉を原料とする麺類です。
小麦粉から作られる他の麺類とは主に形状が異なります。

 

Followings are other kinds of noodles made of wheat flour – the difference is mainly in shape.
“Udon” : most common and thick
“Kishimen” : wide and flat
“Hiyamugi” : thinner
“Somen” : delicately fine

 

“Hiyamugi” and “Somen” are usually served cold, in some cases served in icy cold water or with ice. They are especially popular during the hot and humid summer season.
冷麦とそうめんは通常、冷たいままいただきます。蒸し暑い夏に特に好まれる食事です。

 

How to eat?
You dip “Somen” in soy sauce-based sauce along with grated ginger and chopped green onions.
When eating these noodles, it is quite common for Japanese to make slurping noises, although such act is displeased in the Western countries.

 

On your visit to Japan, please do try to make noises when having these noodles, as eating silently may lose noodle’s flavor!
これら麺類を食べる際、日本ではすすり音をたてることが普通です。西洋の国では不快に思われますが。
日本にお越しの際は是非試してみてください。麺の風味が増すこと間違いなし!?

 

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