How to eat sara-udon from Ringer Hut. | The specially crafted vinegar sauce is the key!
Sara-udon is local delicacy of Nagasaki. It is a soupless noodle dish consisting of crispy deep-fried noodles topped with a vegetable-loaded an (starchy) sauce. A common way to eat sara-udon is to use table-top seasonings to create the perfect flavor. We went to a popular chain restaurant, Ringer Hut, to ask about the authentic way of enjoying sara-udon!
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Divide the deep-fried noodles in half.
Sara-udon is a popular Japanese B-grade gourmet dish consisting of thin deep-fried noodles topped with a vegetable an sauce. When it arrives at the table, first divide the deep-fried noodles in half.
First, we will try it as is, starting from the bottom of the dish. The savory, crispy texture, and the silky texture of the vegetable an sauce soaked into it, are just a few of the many delicious tastes that can be enjoyed.
Season with vinegar and sara-udon sauce.
From here on out, we come to the true essence of how to enjoy sara-udon. First, check the seasonings on the table. From left to right we have sara-udon sauce, vinegar, salt-pepper mix, and wagarashi (Japanese spicy mustard).
First, pour vinegar into the left side of the sara-udon that has just been divided in half. This will bring out the distinct flavor of the sweet vegetable an sauce.
After you have tried a bite, now put the sara-udon sauce on the right side of the other half. In Nagasaki, the home of sara-udon, it is said that the taste of sara-udon is only truly achieved when the sara-udon sauce is added. It certainly gives a more mellow depth to the flavor.
Furthermore, Ringer Hut enthusiasts love to enjoy sara-udon with vinegar and sauce. Follow up by adding the sara-udon sauce to the vinegar zone on the left half. The richness of the sara-udon sauce and the sourness of the vinegar are a match made in heaven!
Accent with wagarashi (Japanese spicy mustard).
Let’s also use one of the free tabletop seasonings, wagarashi.
First, when you open the wagarashi packet, put the spicy mustard on the edge of the plate, not directly on the sara-udon. Then, use chopsticks to take a small amount of the spicy mustard and mix it with the vegetable an sauce.
After mixing the spicy mustard with the vegetable an sauce, enjoy with the deep-fried noodles. The spiciness of the mustard goes well with the sweet vegetable an sauce.
Thick noodles enjoyed by true sara-udon lovers.
You can also enjoy sara-udon with thicker noodles. Ringer Hut’s Thick Noodle Sara-Udon is made by sautéing the noodles used in the popular Nagasaki chanpon and mixing them with vegetable an sauce.
As with the thin noodles, these should be served with vinegar and sara-udon sauce. For those who prefer a simpler taste, we recommend using only vinegar.
Sara-udon is a must-try when you come to Japan. Make the most of the seasonings to create your own favorite taste. Be sure to try the thicker noodles as well!
* The published information is current as of August 2022. Prices and other details are subject to change.
Ringer Hut is a Nagasaki chanpon specialty restaurant established in 1962. Nagasaki chanpon, made with Japanese vegetables and wheat, is a healthy dish that has many fans throughout the country. Ringer Hut also offers sara-udon, and is a great place to go if you are in the mood for Nagasaki's local delicacies.