[Sca-cooks] A digression on the Rochester Garbage Plate
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Fri May 8 04:39:35 PDT 2009
On May 8, 2009, at 3:33 AM, Stefan li Rous wrote:
> Selene commented:
> <<< My dad weirded out a bit when I ordered a nice Japanese udon
> the last time we flew together. Perfectly ordinary. In my life
> anyway. >>>
> What's an "udon breakfast"? I seem to remember "udon" is a thin,
> pale Japanese soup but don't remember more than that, and that may
> not have any connection to this anyway.
It as my [limited/flawed] understanding that the udon was the thickish
wheat-flour noodle that goes into the thin soup. To which Assorted
Stuff is then frequently added.
I'm not sure if a udon breakfast is simply any udon [almost invariably
soup] dish, eaten for breakfast, or the traditional simplest form of
the noodles in the broth with just a bit of soy, some chopped
scallion, maybe a few cilantro leaves, etc.
"Udon" is also the title of a pretty good Japanese movie from 2006.
And speaking of Japanese movies about noodles, I recommend staying
away from the gratuitous American remake of Tampopo, which is called
"The Ramen Girl", and which probably doesn't actually suck as bad as
it appears to in comparison to the original, but it's almost
impossible not to compare the two, therefore appropriate expectations
are hard to meet.
"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's
-- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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