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  • Today we're going for one of my most favorite things ever...

  • Noodles!

  • Aw, look at how happy I am.

  • I don't yet know how terribly wrong this day is gonna go.

  • Literally any kind of a carb - If you're like,

  • "We're gonna go for pizza today!" Martina's like, "YUP"

  • "We're gonna go to a bakery today!" A Martina would be like, "YUP" Noodles!

  • "YUP" Noodle noodle noodle *tsh tsh ta tsh*

  • noodle noodle noodle *to the tune of Super Mario Bros. Underground Theme*

  • We're goin' for some noodles!

  • I'm going to eat no-noodle noodle noo noo noo noo noo-dle

  • S: Noodles are this way!

  • So right now we are heading to Takadonababa, which is like the college town

  • We're going there for daichi no udon and we're gonna show you what it's all about.

  • M: Is there something that you want to tell everybody Simon?

  • So, Japan has always these variable hours when it comes to (Angry Martina: Don't make excuses!)

  • lunches and whatnot. So this place is open from 11:00am to 3:30pm, and then it closes and reopens at 6:00pm

  • Right now it's 3:07pm. We're not gonna make that so...

  • M: So.. we're - we're not gonna have noodles today?

  • We can have them later just at 6:00pm, just not now. M: But we already paid money!

  • M: I think we should just go on an adventure to Takadonababa. S: Let's go see what they have in Takadonababa!

  • So, in order for Simon to console me because I REALLY wanted noodles

  • We are still in Takadonababa and we are heading to a lighter ramen shop. That's right -

  • We can enjoy noodles before noodles. S: Appetizer ramen! M: Appetizer ramen.

  • So we're going to Ramen Yamaguchi and it's about like a 15 minute walk away from the station

  • We will figure out what to do and report back to you once we eat noodles

  • S: Um, seems like you're eating mine now. Your bowl is over there. M: I had to try it because I accidentally fell - fell over there

  • I was like, "Oh no!" And then I didn't want to be rude to your bowl

  • So a really good way to make it through your day in Japan, if you got some hours to kill, is to go for some

  • Michelin star ramen. M: Yeah, why not? S: This was actually so good. I want to do a video on it by itself

  • And I think this is gonna hold me over for a good long time. M: What time is it right now?

  • It's 4:30 and we still have an hour and a half to go before we could film our video

  • Oh no

  • Oh no, ducky. It's closed

  • We got it

  • S: Did you though?

  • Yes, okay

  • So we got - we got two yaki-dango and then we're getting two kinds that are like wrapped in leaves

  • And one is like a washira-something mochi. I don't know what that is

  • anyways, except the mochi part. And the other one has miso. I think it's like beans and miso. S: We better not get super stuffed

  • S: and not be able to eat our udon, girl. Did you get three different kinds each?

  • Remember, how long is the udon shop open 'til? We don't have to be there at 6:00, you know. S: Girllllll

  • This could be lunchtime! S: Spending a whole day here? M: Brunch. Why not?

  • Last food. Yes. Thank you very much.

  • So our first problem today was that we decided to come here right when they were closed

  • so we have to wait a bit for our udon and now our second problem

  • is that after having some ramen, Martina decided to eat a whole lot of dango and

  • now somebody has a tummy ache and she might not be ready... M: You're not supposed to tell everyone this

  • ...to film for 6pm, so we might have to delay our filming 'til 7pm

  • M: But it's not my fault. You told me we were going for noodles and all I had was a green smoothie.

  • Ooh, ah! We found a new place, ducky

  • that's so exciting! S: It is! M: We found a new place that we can be like

  • "I know this really good dango mochi shop." Like, it's so good! That's wonderful

  • that this happened. It was an exciting day for us even if things went wrong.

  • S: We went on adventures, we tried new things and we really liked it!

  • And! *motorcycle noise*

  • Scuze me, we're filming a YouTube video, don't you see?

  • Don't you just love the look of this place? This feels like a secret gem in the heart of the city

  • We are finally ready after many hours of stalling to go to Daichi no udon

  • M: Heck yes! S: I am so ready... M: I love udon! Noodles! S: ...for some damn-good udon. Let's do this.

  • This right here, that's what I'm getting

  • Oh yeaaaah

  • Alright

  • S: What do you want? M: I'm not sure yet, I might get the bukkake

  • S: Bukkake, yeah? Get bukkake. M: Yeah, I think so

  • M: Oh yeah S: Oh yeaah

  • So all the different regions of Japan have a different way that they make their udon noodles

  • So we thought that it was just like, you know

  • There's just one kind of udon, it comes in a broth, and it has radish on it

  • But that's not true at all. You can get it hot, you can get it cold.

  • You can get it cooked with starch-y water, you can have it with a raw egg,

  • you can have it with meat. There's tons of amazing things and different regions in Japan will do it differently

  • So really, it's just like ramen, where you could spend the rest of your life exploring prefectures in Japan trying their local udon

  • Even the noodles are different, ducky! S: When we are in Kyoto the noodles were very soft and very sweet

  • Sanuki udon supposedly has like, a toothier udon that has like more bite and a better

  • mouthfeel, you could say, to it. M: Bounciness. S: Bounciness, like you could chew on it and you really feel it.

  • Fukuoka udon - I really love broth there, but I found the noodles a bit too soft.

  • Supposedly the reason why they make noodles very, very soft is because you're not supposed to chew some of them

  • It's supposed to feel good in your throat. Take that Brooklyn nine-nine. You thought about mouthfeel? In Japan,

  • they think about throat feel!

  • S: Whoa, sugoi. Look at that! M: Arigato gozaimasu.

  • S: That is beautiful.

  • Voiceover Martina: I left the strange shaky clip in so that you could see Simon's eyes in slow motion as he

  • hungrily looks at my udon and realizes that his isn't out yet

  • This is the niku gobo udon. Gobo is

  • Burdock root or gobou and I've never seen it done. Like have you ever seen udon like this before? M: I haven't seen this before

  • This is my first time since - I don't even know to what I'm doing. M: Tempura crown

  • I don't know how you're supposed to - Do you just crush it through? S: Me neither. M: Do you pick it up with your hands?

  • Like, you've heard of tempura udon before, but this takes things

  • to a whole new level

  • What am I even supposed to...

  • What...

  • ..is this mad- M: Oh wow super thinly cut. S: Yeah, very thin burdock root that

  • It kind - how do you..? M: He's struggling S: I'm struggling

  • Here we go. Nope, yep - No. Yes! Oh-ho

  • Wow! M: Nice and soft, and the broth?

  • I've never knew burdock root could taste like this. It's like, fragrant potato chip

  • Like imagine having a potato chip that's very, like onion-y on the back of your throat. This is really delicious

  • Holy Toledos. The flavors of this are just, so wild

  • It's so smoky and meaty. It tastes light and hearty at the same time

  • I feel like I'm eating this in the woods by a fireplace

  • M: Oh no. S: This feels like the manliest udon I can imagine

  • Ron Swanson in like red flannel shirts eating this with an axe in his hand, and I just never would have thought

  • to use burdock root like this. Put this on your list

  • I know when people come to Japan they think about ramen, but the things they do with udon here are

  • unbelievably creative. Those of you that are part of our Rainbow Ladder Support Team, you'll remember that we

  • mentioned some secret restaurants you should go to? That's a really good place as well. Make sure you check that one out, too

  • Ready?

  • That's the first time I have ever liked burdock root.

  • S: Yeah! M: Because they cut it so wafer-thin - you're absolutely right. If you try this

  • and then you try to try this somewhere else, it's gonna taste like... S: Yeah M: ...a stick vegetable

  • This is really like potato chips. You nailed it! S: Yeah!

  • M: Wow, regret. Well, not really because mine looks amazing. S: Yours looks pretty good also

  • Yeah, I'm gonna bukkake the heck out of this

  • Side note on bukkake. In Japan,

  • it means to splash or to pour something, because I've gotten my noodles here. They're cold and you pour it on top of it to

  • mix everything together

  • Yeah, I see what you mean by the slightly translucent S: Right? M: Yeah

  • This was absolutely worth it and I feel like I'm hoovering like a maniac, but the noodles are so

  • bouncy and light and I can totally get that feeling about like - almost like that mochi mochi feeling of something soft that you can just

  • swallow. It's not flowery. It doesn't taste like you're biting into a thick dough-y

  • pasta. It's light and bouncy and the flavors are so fantastic

  • Mine's got ginger, green onions, and it's got a bit of the dashi sauce they make which I've talked about lots

  • It's like the basic Japanese sauce. It comes together so beautifully. And also, I am gonna eat your soup

  • S: What? M: Just, I wanna give you a heads up right now. S: Girl mine tastes so good. This is really one of the yummiest udons I've ever tasted

  • Wow, look. You're right about this like transparent - even in this... do you see the way it looks?

  • Is it hot, by the way? S: Yeah, it is. Go for it. M: It is hot? S: Yeah.

  • Oh wow. Oh, my god, so light! The batter is so light. You gotta try this

  • Do you see how light that is? S: Oh yeah!

  • Now I know it might be like, a little unusual for me to be having a cold udon that's not even in any broth

  • But this actually makes for a really strong flavor-town experience

  • If you go, I love getting bukkake udon because the noodles don't overcook in the broth

  • And I find that if I'm eating like a hot soup I have to kind of like really power it down

  • So if you're doing something like, skiing or snowboarding, or out in the winter time, a hot udon is so nice

  • But for me what I want to enjoy it, when I want to taste all the flavors strongly... Look at this here

  • You've got big chunks of the katsuobushi, super smoky

  • I can taste it. Fresh green onions,

  • piles of ginger that really like, punch you suddenly. You've got a big huge pile of

  • grated radish that soaks up all the sauce and almost thickens it a bit, and then they've got the like

  • crunchy nori on top that adds that kind of seafood-y, umami flavor

  • So every bite you take is not an overcooked noodle, it's a bouncy, firm noodle

  • but with all these flavors like loaded into it. Perfect bukkake udon is a vehicle for these flavors, guys.

  • Bukkake all day long. You need to do it. S: You love bukkake

  • I love it. S: You're a bukkake girl. M: I'll be honest, I love bukkakes

  • I posted a picture to r/food on reddit and I got banned for bukkake udon because apparently bukkake is a bad word in North America

  • Everyone joked about it and then they're like you can't have jokey comments. This is a serious food thread

  • And I'm like, why did you ban me? I didn't make up the word, it's a real word! S: So we had ramen for breakfast

  • M: Yes S: And now we had udon. Should we go for the trifecta and go for soba right now?

  • Or she would save that for another video? M: Oh my god. And now we had savory,

  • so technically we should be going for more dango or ice cream or something.

  • I mean, math is math. S: How many desserts are you supposed to have a day?

  • M: Second breakfast? What about third breakfast? This is second dessert, its so normal

  • gosh

  • Wow yum-my

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  • I've gone noodle crazy, crazy with noodles

  • S: Crazy for bukkakes. M: Love that bukkake. Love that bukkake udon. Who doesn't like bukkake udon?

  • You like bukkake udon!

  • Bukkake, yeah! I say bukkake, you say bukkake. Bukkake! S: Udon! M: Bukkake! S: Udon!

  • Oh, very nice! Splash, splash, splash the audience with this water cannon. Its bukkake!