Living in Japan while doing my job teaching English in Japan allows me to enjoy the large variety of dishes Japanese food has to offer. One dish that I find delicious is curry udon, consisting of thick wheat-flour noodles in a curry soup mixed with meat or vegetables. At the restaurant I use chopsticks to eat it, which is the usual way to eat it. However, when I pick up udon noodles with chopsticks, the noodles often slide off and drop back into the curry soup, splashing me. I love the stuff, but eating it without making a mess all over myself can be quite challenging.
Last Wednesday, my wife, her cousin and I went to Satsumaya dining BAR, a restaurant in the same building as my English conversation school, Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. Both are located in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. We went there for lunch. My wife and her cousin had curry soba (thin Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour in a curry soup) and naan (a leavened flatbread baked in an oven). I had curry udon and naan. The restaurant had a message on our table offering paper bibs to wear while eating to protect your clothing. We got some. I thought they looked funny, like baby bibs but made of paper. We put them on and started eating. Almost immediately, I splashed myself a bit on my shorts, which weren’t protected. Oh no! Then soon after that, I splashed myself on the face and even on top of the head! (^.^) Jokingly, I told my wife that I needed a helmet! (^.^) My wife told me not to pick up too many noodles at the same time, only a few at a time. It wasn’t easy and I kept splashing myself, but my bib seemed to be blocking the splashes and keeping my white Smith’s t-shirt clean. We kept eating and finished our meals. By the time we did, my bib had quite a lot of brown spots on it. My t-shirt looked clean, though. It was a good thing that I had worn the bib! Although splashy, the curry udon was delicious.
Later on that night, my wife noticed a few specks of curry on my t-shirt that I hadn’t noticed earlier. Oh! I guess some curry had gotten on my t-shirt after all! Oh well! (^.^)
I recommend trying curry udon, but make sure you wear something to protect your clothes! Enjoy!
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi