Japanese food never fails to deliver a delightful, at the very least, experience. Eating in Japan or anywhere that serves authentic Japanese cuisine is something that everyone should experience. It is easy to fall in love not just with the taste, aroma, and flavors that come with every dish not to mention the attention to detail that goes in preparing every meal or treat. For the uninitiated, the wide array of choices can be mind-boggling. From the iconic sushi to yakitori and everything in between, Japan’s culinary delights are waiting to be explored and savored. And if you love noodles, here are some of the best Japanese dishes that you need to try.

Hiyashi chūka
Hiyashi chūka
What is it: Hiyashi chūka is a cold noodle dish. It consists of thin, yellow noodles served with toppings like bean sprouts, cucumber, chicken or ham, eggs, and sauce. This chilled noodle dish is delicious and refreshing. It is a tasty and filling meal, especially during the summer.

What is it: Ramen is made with Chinese-style, thin wheat noodles. It is served with a hot meat-based broth and comes with different toppings. It is one of Japan’s famous and must-try dishes. Ramen comes in different types like curry, miso, shio (salt), shōyu (soy sauce), and tonkotsu (pork broth). Toppings vary and usually include bean sprouts, boiled egg, chāshū (barbecued or braised pork), corn, kakuni (braised pork), menma (bamboo shoots), nori (dried seaweed), spring onions, and more.

zaru soba
What is it: Soba is buckwheat noodles. The thin noodles are made from buckwheat flour. It is served either hot or cold. Zaru soba refers to the cold soba noodles which are served with a dipping sauce.

What is it: Sōmen refers to the very thin Japanese wheat noodle dish served cold and comes with a dipping sauce. The noodles may also be ordered hot (nyumen).

What is it: Udon is thick and white Japanese wheat noodles. They are usually chewy in texture and may be used in hot (kake udon) or cold (zaru udon) dishes.

Yaki soba
What is it: Yaki soba is stir-fried buckwheat noodles. It is widely available in many food stalls across Japan.

Yaki udon
yaki udon
What is it: Yaki udon is stir-fried thick, white udon noodles served with a special sauce and prepared using ingredients that include vegetables and a choice of meat.