Western tourists enjoy scooping noodles down a slide in Japan 1

Western tourists enjoy scooping noodles down a slide in Japan 1

Chang Tan was very excited as he slurped the noodles he had just picked up from the water trough while rolling his eyes to pay attention to the incoming noodles, competing with the children sitting at the table.

Chang Tan is a guy from London, England.

The broth of nagashi-somen is usually mixed with soy sauce, fish broth and a little sake.

Nagashi-somen is one of the traditional Japanese dishes eaten in the summer.

Having learned a lot about nagashi-somen, Chang decided to spend one day during his trip to Kyoto to find a restaurant famous for this dish in Kibune village.

Western tourists enjoy scooping noodles down a slide in Japan

Scene of Hirobun restaurant.

Chang Tan thought he would be the first customer to open Hirobun because he departed so early, but there were many other people already there.

Half an hour later, the staff called Chang’s ticket number when a Singaporean family put down their chopsticks.

Western tourists enjoy scooping noodles down a slide in Japan

The children at the table were much more excited than Chang Tan.

The noodle machine is very punctual, so if diners miss a turn, that noodle will be thrown away when it reaches the end.

Finally, a handful of colored noodles slid out, signaling the end of the meal.

Chang shared that it was truly a great experience during a visit to Japan because people don’t have many occasions to play around with such specially served food.

How Japanese people enjoy nagashi-somen:

Western tourists enjoy scooping noodles down a slide in Japan

Noodles served on bamboo tubes in Japan

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