Kitsune is a fox.
Another one of my favorite foods in Japan was
Kitsune udon. Kitsune means fox in Japanese, and according to folklore, foxes love aburaage 油揚げ the deep-fried tofu pockets that top thick chewy noodles made from wheat to make a hot soup. I ordered Kitsune udon every time because it’s meatless.
Here’s a collection of photos from my journey to remind me of fabulous Japan when I’m still stuck here in Florida. Besides, Japanese food is always just so gorgeous to look at too! 今はお腹が空いています!
Your basic kitsune udon topped with negi, ネギ, green onions. This was the first kitsune udon I had on my first trip to Osaka. It was a tiny place near S hitennoji Buddhist Temple during December. It was so cold outside, and the hot udon tasted so good! 300 ¥!
When we lived in Nagaranishi near Temma in Osaka, I walked my husband most mornings to Temma Station, and we stopped to have breakfast at an udon shop. This one topped with kombu 昆布, kelp. Nutritious! Only 370 ¥.
Rencon, レンコン, lotus root, is one of my favorite tempuras to top kitsune udon with.
A lovely set of kitsune udon I ate with my neighbors at one of their favorite restaurants in Osaka. It was tricky because I didn’t know any Japanese at the time and they didn’t know any English. But we sure loved eating together! Don’t you just love the way the Japanese present their food? I love eating with chopsticks and that great spoon!
This kitsune udon set came with a tempura prawn. Shhhhh. It’s not easy to be vegan in Japan, despite my attempts. But the good thing is that the Japanese don’t have ginourmous sizes like in America. Just small sizes, a taste. Just enough!
This Aburaage is with matcha ramen I ate in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.
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