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Japanese food can be very surprising sometimes. You think you have seen it all, but there will always be something unexpected. The key is to make the most of the local specialties. This probably is how wasabi-flavored ice-cream and green-tea flavored chocolate were born.

KagawaKagawa prefecture is famous for its udon noodles. Udon is a kind of very thick wheat flour noodles, often served with mild fish broth, eggs and vegetables. Kagawa udon is supposed to be the tastiest of them all. But the Japanese wouldn’t be the Japanese if they just stopped at that. And now we have age-udon, the same noodles, but deep fried until very crunchy and brown. Kagawa2These come in many different flavors, my personal favorite is wasabi. After all, wasabi belongs more in a salty dish rather than in an ice cream, right?

But the Japanese wouldn’t be the Japanese if they just stopped at that. And now we have age-udon, the same noodles, but deep fried until very crunchy and brown. These come in many different flavors, my personal favorite is wasabi. After all, wasabi belongs more in a salty dish rather than in an ice cream, right?

Kagawa4If you are not a huge fan of wasabi, there are many other flavors. For example, plain salty kind goes perfectly with beer or any other alcohol. Age-udon will also make a perfect gift for your friends and family back home: unique, tasty and very Japanese!