My yearning for Inaniwa udon brought me to Inaniwa Yosuke, housed in Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria. By chance, my first taste of this legendary udon was at Sen of Japan and its superior texture amazed me. The production of Inaniwa udon is very labour intensive, a handmade process that takes up to 4 days. Back in 1665 when it was first developed by the Yosuke family, it was only served to the Imperial, till it was made available to the public in 1860. With 300 over years of heritage, rather than having it somewhere else, the best I feel is to have it back at its birth place.
Tempura, with SyouyuTare 3.8/5
You could choose to have it hot or chill but I feel that having it chill allow me to really appreciate the texture of the udon. I chose Tempura & Seiro set ($25) which consists of udon, a prawn and assorted vegetables tempura together with SyouyuTare (Soy sauce dip).
The udon was exactly how I remember it to be - smooth and light. It was tasty on its own simply with the cold soy sauce dip. I enjoy the combination of hot, crispy tempura with cold noodles. The cold soy sauce somehow soothes the crispy batter and gives it a shot of savouriness. The prawn was big and succulent, while the mushroom and brinjal were juicy. However, the batter was not as light as I want it to be and it got greasy after a while.
Valentine's Day Set 3.8/5
We also had the special Valentine's Day Set ($24) which consists a smaller portion of the udon, a hot soy milk hotpot with pork, 2 Inari, a fried Ebi and a small little cake.
The hot soy milk surprised me with its richness. It had a nutty taste, similar to a sesame dip. The pork slices were tender and paired really well with the silk udon. Though this set is seasonal, you may go for their Soy Milk Udon ($18) from the standard menu. My friend felt it was too rich, Hence I guess sharing 2 different dips would be the best way to enjoy this delicate noodles.
There are many places for ramen but for Inaniwa udon, this is the place to go. I would definitely be back when my craving kicks in again!
Written and photographs by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
Japan Food Town
435 Orchard Road
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 11pm
Sat-Sun: 11am - 11pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]