So as of late, I’ve been literally working 24/7 with no time to cook at home:(
With Dreamforce taking place a block from our restaurant we are slammed everyday with conference goers and it’s been hard for me to even hop on a computer and do anything else other than arrange all the events and dinners we are hosting. That said however, being busy busy at work is always a good thing and I’m not complaining one bit. I love the excitement as well as the opportunity to meet so many different people from all over the country. Needless to say, I’m pretty pooped from this week and all I can think about now is going on Vacay to get some good rest. Going through some images this morning before work in preparation for a blog entry, I came across these images I took from my trip to Hawaii last year. I realized I had not shared this fun Udon hot spot in Waikiki. So why not share this with my readers in case they ever decide to take a trip to the Island.
This Fun UDON hot spot in Waikiki is called Marukame UDON
Here are some photos and an explanation of this UDON Shop Concept. The shop served only Udon Noodles in Soup with one base. You can however select different toppings and sides to go with it. You can pick Shrimp Tempura, Gyoza, Spam Musubi, Vegetable Tempura, Fish cakes, etc. It’s actually a great system. You wait in line and you basically start with the bowl of Udon and proceed down the aisle of toppings and tell the staff which you want to add onto your tray. You finish a the end of the line where the checkout is and you pay for your meal. You then sit down and slurp away. It’s like a cafeteria line except it serves hand made udon noodles. Neat right?
Well at least the locals and the tourists think so. This place draws lines out the door like you’ve never seen before. Thank goodness it moves quickly so the line is just daunting at a glance.
My favorite part of this place is the “theatrics” of the noodle making. Seeing the steam, and the thick udon noodles piled in the baskets with the chefs twirling and pulling. All this draws you in as a diner. It’s fun to watch and makes you feel like you are part of the kitchen.
I unfortunately went the day before New Year’s Eve and they were serving some special preset Udon Bowl, meaning I couldn’t select all the usual toppings and sides they had. So I can’t really comment on how good those were. The noodles itself however I thought was great. It was slightly chewy but really smooth which I like and the broth was very clean and simple tasting. The crispy tempura bits were good and so was the fried rice cake. That was probably one of my highlights. I’ve never had tempura rice cakes. They were chewy and soft at the same time. I loved the texture of the cakes. All in all it’s a good snack during the day. I wouldn’t go for dinner or lunch. Take a break in the late afternoon and give it try. You’ll also find the line much shorter during that period.