Top 5 Recommended Dishes from TsuruTonTan, the Restaurant that Started the New Udon Craze in Japan!
TsuruTonTan is a restaurant specializing in udon with locations in both Osaka and Tokyo. They are known for their luxurious, stylish interiors and wide variety of dishes on offer, and customers are constantly flooding in through their doors. This article will introduce recommended dishes at TsuruTonTan, so be sure to head over after you read this to try some for yourself!
What Is TsuruTonTan?
TsuruTonTan is an incredibly popular restaurant that specializes in udon. There are several udon restaurants in Japan, but TsuruTonTan is the easiest and most convenient to get to as their locations are in popular metropolitan areas. They have locations in areas that are popular with foreign tourists as well, such as Ginza, Shinjuku, and Roppongi in Tokyo, and Kitashinchi, Honmachi, and Nippombashi in Osaka.
The secret to their popularity is the unique atmosphere of each location and an abundance of options on the menu. In addition to the udon classics, there is also a seasonal menu where you can savor the season's ingredients. It's recommended that you first order from a range of options on their side menu to enjoy with some drinks, then wrap up the meal with a bowl of udon.
1. Chicken Cream Udon
The thick cream mixes together with the udon noodles to create a dish that tastes just like cream pasta! The cream is actually made with a very flavorful dashi (broth), so it matches perfectly with udon. Udon has a more slippery texture than pasta, which balances out the creamy sauce perfectly and makes it easier to eat. You can taste the rich flavor of chicken as well, so you'll drink up every last bite without getting tired of the taste.
Chicken Cream Udon (1,380 JPY (incl. tax))
2. Oban Kitsune Udon
The most iconic type of udon in Japan is kitsune udon, which comes topped with a slice of sweet abura-age (deep-fried tofu) on top. The Oban Kitsune Udon is a popular item here in which you can enjoy the simple, delicious flavors of udon and a big piece of abura-age.
The sweet flavors of the abura-age will burst in your mouth as soon as you take a bite. In terms of toppings, this is pretty much it, but the combination of the delicious dashi, the sweet abura-age, and the smooth udon is so delightful that it's perfectly satisfying as it is! If you've never had udon before, how about giving this one a try?
Oban Kitsune Udon (880 JPY (incl. tax))
3. Katsu Curry Udon
Curry udon, a beautiful marriage of two popular Japanese dishes: curry and udon! If you're skeptical about whether or not curry and udon go well together, you should absolutely give this one a try. The deep flavors of the curry-flavored soup are elevated with the rich umami of the dashi, and together with udon, it creates a truly stunning dish.
Not only that, there's even tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) on top! The combination of the bold-flavored katsu and the mouthwatering curry is just perfection, and you won't be able to stop after one bite.
Katsu Curry Udon (1,280 JPY (incl. tax))
4. Mentai Ankake Tamago-toji Udon
Mentaiko refers to spicy walleye pollack roe. This udon adds mentaiko to the thick dashi and tops it with fluffy wisps of egg, making for a super popular dish.
The thick soup goes really well with the noodles, and is especially great during cold weather as it will warm up your body. The strands of cooked egg floating in the soup are soft and smooth, and the spicy mentaiko is a great accent for the dish overall.
Mentai Ankake Tamago-toji Udon (1,380 JPY (incl. tax))
5. Ten Yamakake Udon
The udon introduced so far have all been warm, but this last one is a cold version. A raw egg and grated Japanese yam sits on top of the chilled udon, and you add in a soy sauce-flavored noodle soup base over it right before eating. The saltiness of the soup brings out the sweetness in the yolk and Japanese yam, which all go very well with the udon. Tempura comes with the udon on the side, so you can also enjoy its crispy texture.
Ten Yamakake Udon (1,480 JPY (incl. tax))
There are a plethora of great side dishes that go well with alcohol, as well as many other really tasty udon dishes on offer at TsuruTonTan besides the ones that were introduced in this article. Be sure to make your way over to this popular udon restaurant!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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