Most Americans grow up eating noodles. Depending on how multicultural your hometown, the variety of noodles may change. We grew up with mostly Italian based noodles/noodle dishes with maybe a few Chinese noodly dishes thrown in.
Before moving to Japan, our only reference point to Ramen was the little packages you could by for 30 cents, that I ate towards the end of the month in college.
Neither of us had ever lived in a place with a large Japanese population and really hadn't ventured past sushi and teppanyaki (Habachi-style Japanese restaurant) - which we both love.
In reality, I could have done 30 days of just Food in Japan, and knowing my family, they would have been happy with that as well, but I have refrained, since there is more to Japan than just the food, but food is important, interesting, and mysterious to us.
So, onto noodles.
In Japan, the three main types of noodles are, they have many different preparations, and again, this is sometimes dependent on the season.
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|Beautiful meal made by Gabe Evans, Int'l Food Tech Teacher Conference 2013.|
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With the weather turning cooler, I'm sure we'll be eating at least one of these different types of noodles while you are here. This is an easy meal to grab out and about.