Very Substantial Kitsune Udon/とても具沢山のきつねうどん

Japanese Food

For supper tonight, I made very substantial kitsune udon.

As you can see from the results of a Google image search for kitsune udon in Japanese, most kitsune udon is much less substantial.

I must add some important notes about kitsune udon:
In Kanto (Eastern Japan), kitsune udon/soba means udon/soba with seasoned abura age in it, and tanuki udon/soba means udon/soba with tiny bits of deep-fried tempura batter (tenkasu or agedama) in it.
At least in Osaka in Kansai (Western Japan), kitsune means udon with seasoned abura age in it, and tanuki means soba with seasoned abura age. In Osaka, many udon shops serve tenkasu free of charge, and there can be no such things as tanuki udon.

To make things even more complicated, in Kyoto in Kansai (Western Japan), tanuki udon is udon with thinly sliced abura age and grated ginger in broth thickened with katakuriko (potato starch), as you can see from here.

In general, soba is preferred in Kanto, while udon is preferred in Kansai. There are, of course, personal preferences, though. Finally, the broth in Kanto is dark-colored due to the use of dark soy sauce (and dried bonito), while it is light-clored in Kansai because of the use of light soy sauce (and kombu).

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