[Sca-cooks] A digression on the Rochester Garbage Plate

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Fri May 8 07:34:24 PDT 2009

I'm trying to recall what they served for breakfast at the hotel we stayed
at in Kyoto...but it seems to me that there was a pot of udon noodles, and
side dishes around that as garnishes.  I seem to recall a similar setup at a
hotel in Atlanta where they were having a conference that involved mostly
Japanese attendees.

But yes, udon are thick wheat noodles and are eaten at various times during
the day.  One of my husband's favorite dishes is one that consists of udon
with sweet eel.


On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 7:39 AM, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius <
adamantius1 at verizon.net> wrote:

> 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 breakfast
>> 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.
> Adamantius
> "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 bellies."
>                        -- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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