Mazesoba at Menya Kirameki in Kyoto, Japan

Mazesoba at Menya Kirameki in Kyoto, Japan

Mazesoba at Menya Kirameki in Kyoto, Japan

Taiwan Mazesoba “Naotarō” (台湾まぜそば直太朗) at Menya Kirameki (麺屋キラメキ) in Kyoto, Japan. Mix the noodles with the scallions, chives, ground pork, seaweed, garlic, egg yolk and powdered fish meal (魚粉), then when the noodles are gone mix in the side of rice. Despite the “Taiwan” in the name, this dish originated in Nagoya, Japan. The “Taiwan” refers to the fact that it is based on “Taiwan Ramen” (台湾ラーメン) made with “Taiwan Noodles” (台湾麺), also a specialty of Nagoya with an entire backstory of its own. If that’s not confusing enough, “Taiwan Ramen” is referred to in Taiwan as “Nagoya Ramen” (名古屋拉麺).

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