Inaniwa udonAkita Prefecture
- Akita Prefecture Inaniwa udon
Inaniwa udon are hand-pulled, dried udon noodles from the southern part of Akita Prefecture, and are known as one of Japan's three outstanding varieties of udon. People make them by kneading wheat-flour dough, shaping the noodles, hanging them out between two rods to mature, and then pressing down so they become flat. They are then pulled and stretched by hand. Air bubbles form in the dough so that the noodles have a hollow center, which results in a smooth texture and light, refreshing taste. Though thinner than ordinary udon noodles, they are firm and go down very smoothly.