Sometimes, I am wondering when I will get bored of having Japanese cuisine as my meal. Up until this moment, I cannot find the reasons why because of its astounding luscious, flavorsome and mouthwatering foods I wish to have them until the last breath.
Who does not know Marugame Udon? One of the most prominent Japanese noodle stalls in Indonesia. The super open-kitchen enthralls me while getting inside surrounded by 5 to 6 people. Besides, the concept is 98% percent exact like the real Japanese food stalls. If getting closer, you can watch how the chefs prepare the udon (Japanese type of chewy noodle) along with its broth and plating.
As the menu is hung above, never expect of getting it after grabbing your seat. The more you reach to the cashier, the more choices of additional foods you will see such as tempura, chicken nugget, assorted skewers, etc. For this time, I will try something anti-mainstream – this is serious. Here are my top picks:
- Kamaage udon (Family size. Fit for 4 people)
- Chikuwa (fish cakes)
- Skewered tofu roll
- Egg tempura
- Cold ocha
After paying your meals, do not forget of providing these kinds of condiments for yourself as this is self-service. You can choose starting from sesame weeds, tempura sauce, ginger, various kinds of chili, salty soy sauce, etc. The spoons and chopsticks are also provided there.
Before the main menu comes, the waiter gives this kind of bowl completed with additional sesame weed and ginger at the top. Quite special, isn’t it?
Boom! Here are these fried menus I have been craving for. I should say, the egg tempura is the best from among three because of its melted, half-cooked egg inside is still fresh from the oven. You had better nibble it to enjoy this meal. For the skewered tofu roll and chikuwa, they taste good but nothing special.
Yee-haa! Here comes the big star, the expected kamaage udon. Drenched in a boiled water within a comb-like spatula with the giant size bamboo steam, it is perfect for 4 people. See? The noodle’s color is absolutely vibrant, huh?
The real snapshot while you are curious enough how to use the ‘comb’. My advice is, be ready to get splashed as the noodle is shifty and silky.
Marugame Udon has 4 types of Japanese broth such as Japanese curry, kake dashi (the color is orange, similar to the curry one), Japanese type of chicken soup and bukake dashi (dark-colored, just like salty soy sauce). From the picture, you can see that bukake dashi fits perfectly with kamaage udon. Along with the condiments, it creates such delectable hunger quencher, richness to the whole concoction you will never forget. A must-try menu!
Let’s get quickly to the score.
- Taste: 95 / 100
- Service: 85 / 100
- Price: 80 / 100
- Ambiance: 90 / 100
- Food Presentation: 90 / 100
A giant portion of kamaage udon is worth IDR 78.000,-. Meanwhile, the chikuwa, egg tempura and skewered tofu roll are about IDR 9,000 – 13,000,- each. A little bit pricey, but it is all worth trying!