First in Hong Kong: first restaurant in Hong Kong to offer Musashino udon
Dipping Udon: Dip the Musashino udon into the special sauce for the best flavour
Niku Niku Udon is the first restaurant in Hong Kong serving Musashino udon. Musashino udon is a type of Japanese noodle that originated in the Musashino region of Tokyo. What makes it unique is its texture, which is firmer and chewier than other types of udon. This is because the dough is kneaded longer and rested for a shorter period of time, giving it a denser and more elastic texture.
Its distinctive texture and flavour have made Musashino udon a beloved dish not only in Tokyo but throughout Japan, setting it apart from the more common Sanuki and Inaniwa Japanese udon.
This Instagram-worthy dish features a layer of cream with Shichimi on top in paw shape, which is as adorable as it is tasty. While the taste is as expected with no major surprises, the combination of cream and Japanese curry is always a perfect match. A stronger curry flavour is preferred to elevate the whole dish to the next level.
Served on a bamboo mat at room temperature, the udon noodles are not particularly chewy but are deliciously paired with the sukiyaki sauce. The sauce contains scallions, mushrooms, fried garlic, and sesame seeds, which enhance the flavour of the udon. However, the sauce is not hot enough and I would prefer a stronger taste. The beef is well-cooked and tender, with about six pieces in each serving. A refreshing finish is provided by the addition of yuzu broth to the sukiyaki sauce.
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