“Somen” is a kind of Japanese noodle made of wheat flour.
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.
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!
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