Udon Feast At The Japanese Noodle Shop That Serves 400 Types of Udon — Cult Following

Udon Feast At The Japanese Noodle Shop That Serves 400 Types of Udon — Cult Following


(upbeat music) – [Reviewer] So in the US, ramen is the Japanese noodle that everyone talks about. But in Japan, udon noodles
are everywhere too. Tsuru Ton Tan is a chain
that’s particularly popular. It has a huge menu, huge spaces, and lots of toppings
you don’t usually find on noodles like caviar and uni. People go at all times of the day. They opened their first overseas location in New York last year. (upbeat music) People here know ramen. Ramen, everyone kind of understands now, but udon is a noodle that not as many people are familiar with. – Well, udon is more like,
we say, like a street food a home food. It’s nothing fancy. Especially in certain regions like Kagawa, which is the origin of udon, the people do literally
eat, like, every day. Tsuru Ton Tan in Tokyo is located in all the party towns, like party cities. All times, there’s a line
for the lunch occasion, dinner occasion, after-drink occasion. We actually get the udon with
ambience and great service, so this is actually how Tsuru Ton Tan became popular in Japan. They don’t think that,
“Let’s go eat udon” they say, “Let’s go eat Tsuru Ton Tan.” – Honestly the more you
talk about it, the more it sounds like Cheesecake Factory to me. It’s one of those crazy big chains? – Really they can cater any
kind of people I would say. – The restaurants are all humongous, they only go to spaces
where they’re really big, and they also have humongous
menus, and your menu I mean, – Yeah, that’s true yeah.
– your menu’s huge! – We have this colorful menu here. – Yeah. – Let’s see for the appetizer I will recommend this Udon Pon. – All right, what is it?
– Well, this is actually a dumpling made of the udon dough. – Oh, cool. How about an udon, what do you like? – I think we should
get maybe two or three, maybe one for the cold? – Yes.
– One, non-traditional and one traditional I would say. – For sure. There are 35 menu items here, but I heard you guys have
even more options in Japan. How many udon flavors do you have overall? – So again, we opened
’89 so about 20 years. So far we have about 400 recipes in house. – [Reviewer] 400 over the
course of the last 20 years. – [Joji] Yeah, right. Yes. – All right, so everything is here. I got a huge selection of
stuff, starting off with the Sizzling Sukiyaki and can confirm when it
landed it was indeed sizzling. This is one of the udons without a broth. It’s a stir fried udon. Joji said that more
Americans tend to order it, which makes sense to me. Pop that yolk, get that
yolk all over the place. It’s kinda fun they have
these things on top of these humongous bowls to
keep it warm before it comes. So this is the Uni Creme Broth. There are pieces of uni
on top, and just a really creamy sauce here. You know, I usually don’t
see broths this thick with it so I’m curious to try it. It’s almost like a seafood bisque, if you’ve had like, a lobster
bisque that’s super rich. So this is the most
traditional one I have ordered. It’s a dashi broth, so
when you think of udon this is the kind of broth
it’s gonna come with. They have the thinner udon
more with broths like this that are a little lighter
flavored because the thinner noodles tend to soak
up more of that broth. Ooh. Red hot. It kinda smells how it looks, in that it looks like buffalo sauce and it smells like buffalo sauce. It does not taste like buffalo sauce. Sweet, sour, spicy, this is a fun one. All right, finally. This is the signature for
udon for Tsuru Ton Tan. They claim to have
invented the caviar udon. It’s crazy you can see the
little pieces all over it. It’s not just the pile on
top, it’s actually scattered over each noodle coating it. It’s kind of amazing to see. I can see why it’s the signature dish. Because there’s not a broth, it really is completely
focused on the noodle. The bowl of caviar udon
makes me feel fancy, but it’s also just pretty delicious. If you like this video,
click here for more. Tim Ho Wan in New York’s East Village might just be the most
popular Dim Sum in the city.

100 thoughts on “Udon Feast At The Japanese Noodle Shop That Serves 400 Types of Udon — Cult Following

  1. she already fucked up, once you are hated people are going to pick on every detail and basically look for things to hate

  2. Just saying, to be a good food host you gotta either look reeeeallly good or have a really likeable personality.

  3. Honestly she's just annoying Asian chick… if you are gonna find an annoying Asian chick, at least get a hot one…

  4. look, shes well spoken. but ffs its a foooood show, audiences just wants is to watch someone that is highly likable enjoy the food that looks delicious, and she doesn't seem to like the food, i get no joy watching her eat

  5. she didn't really say anything substantial nor descriptive enough to describe the food she's eating.

  6. i swear asian cultures are Losers when it comes to eatin, big mess, plenty of bowls ,cups, plates, & you can tell by this video the host is oblivious to the spread on her table, the clean up is hellish, and displayin these acts to white people only spread a terrible custom. dont believe me? just eat at any asian restaurant, japanese & korean s are the worst offenders askin for more plates,bowls and such

  7. i hope she reads my comment, i actually dont get why people dont like you hosting. think you have improved. keep it up

  8. Mentaiko spaghetti is so so good. Simple and delicious. Lots of damn good looking udon bowls in this video. I think I know what I'm having for dinner tonight. 👍

  9. You know, there's been some big improvements from your earlier videos, I have to give you kudos for that. I really think you should start describing the food a bit more though, like what is the broth made of? Is it beef, chicken, pork, seafood, or a mixture? Is it a salty plain dashi broth, or have they added something to it? What was the texture of the mentaiko?
    When you were eating the tan-tan noodles you could have pointed out that it was a Japanese dish based off the Chinese Dan Dan noodles, and how that differs from the more traditional Japanese cuisine (it's also made mostly with chicken stock, not dashi). Adding little bits of info like that makes the video more entertaining, and most facts like that can be searched up on your phone while waiting for the food. Also, Eater needs to teach the camera guy how to focus the damn thing and hold it still. But yeah, the videos are definitely getting better. I think if you kept at it you shouldn't have a problem with downvotes.

  10. People it's the place that makes this video bad! The owner promoted the most expensive dishes and the dishes that are an acquired taste! Get over yourselves!

  11. Is it me or is she trying her hardest to be Lucas ? Also … smells like buffalo sauce, looks like buffalo sauce but it doesn't taste like it …. ? Dafuq you trying to say here ? That you were expecting buffalo sauce ? I'm sorry I have been trying to be nice biting my tongue but my patience is wearing thin. She lacks the capability of researching the info of the cuisine and the restaurant she is going too. It's like she doesn't know what she wants to say. "Oh I expected it to be in one piece and not coat the entire strand of udon" ????? Lady you are seriously losing me here man, you really are. Also the Japanese dude is really nice not to get offended and kick Serena out of his establishment, that cheesecake factory comment though, that was totally uncalled for

  12. I don't see why she gets so much hate she's kinda like Molly from Zagat she's cute sweet and bubbly …yet folks see Molly as being cute and Serena (just like sailor moon awesome ) as "annoying" come on how she eats Jesus I bet y'all are bundle of laughs to be around …I'm gonna say it Serena gets more hate bc of two reasons RACISM(yes I said it) and sexism….

    I like her and you haters need to seriously kick rocks you think you can do better
    ..get your iPhone your mommy bought you come out of the basement and do your own show….Smhhhhh….#leaveserenaalone!

  13. By the way, Serena's Cheesecake Factory (a highly successful chain) comparison, to me, was a complement. Serena is comparing his many different udons dishes to over 50 signature cheesecakes…
    Haters gonna hate… Serena, "Shake it off!" (Taylor Swift)

  14. you have to have another editor whose better than her. she never looks like she's enjoying the food and her descriptions are seriously lacking. she doesn't make me want to eat any of the food she features.

  15. You barely commented on the taste or texture of the food. Isn't that an integral part of reviewing a restaurant?

  16. She sucks…..what was the taste of the udons? Was it good? Was it not? She didn't really explain very well…if she gonna stay as a host I hope she gets better…..

  17. YO why the fuck does she have to say those things… buffalo sauce? cheesecake factory? I'm getting the feeling she doesn't know Asian food.

  18. am left wondering how the udon itself actually tasted… felt that words like 'delicious' for the last bowl is kind of a given =/
    it was like watching a clip of some pretty photos of udon and nothing more insightful.

  19. why is Eater not firing this host yet after her terrible feedback in the stand up steak ???? FFS READ YOUR COMMENTS PLS EATER

    PS: this comment section will be HUMONGOUS LOL, jesus christ shes like Nick with his funky and profound idea

  20. Okay, I've watched tons of food blogs and this is the honest truth, this host did not do very good at her job for this restaurant. She did not describe the taste into more details, nor texture. I was very upset. It seemed like they were rushed or she didn't feel like doing the blog that day. Man, if this kind of effort continues on this channel, I might just "unsubscribe". I really like Luke and that Korean guy, but the Caucasian guys talks too much (eats too less) and the Asian girl, this video really SUCKED. I've seen her other videos and she did pretty well, but this particular blog was very very horrible. I love udon but after this video, she made me feel like there is nothing special about that restaurant. And here you go, my 2cents. -DIVILAT

  21. Eater is just messing with us. The hate just prompts them to use Serena even more in videos.

    At least she's away from Italian food!!

    She can continue to typecast herself and terrorize us with her 10x sped up false valley accent, lack of descriptive vocabulary and oh so captivating smiling frown, exclusively with Asian food. It's almost acceptable to watch her disastrous vlogs while evaluating Asian food. There's at least SOME context.

    oooh dawn!!!!

  22. So how do you like the soupless sukiyaki? How does it taste compare to the one that usually comes with soup? The uni one is just seafood base broth? No more detail? The sukiyaki udon with soup is ignored again. Looks like and smells like but doesn't taste like buffalo sauce? The reason why it is the signature dish is because that udon is soupless? Where the hell do you want the rest of the soupless udon go?

    Honestly, the combination of her facial expression and her voice makes it near impossible to watch any of the videos. I don't know about you guys, but those expression screams disgusting whenever she taste the foods. Please just put her to a out of scene position and find new talents who actually loves food trending and food cult to do this series.

  23. patiently wait for some reviews..suddenly the vid ends..wha…? i'm not regular here..but Eater should have better host

  24. If you are gonna host a show about udon, or own an udon restaurant, please learn how to pronounce udon

  25. She doesnt have the enthusiasm, expertise or charisma to carry off this kind of show. Why put her in it? Big fan of the Eater videos but majorly dropping the ball with her. #customerfeedback

  26. i dont mind her in the other videos… but how the hell do you try 4 different types of udon on Eater not literally not give comments or discriptions on any of it?

  27. Video seems to get shorter although food was there. Would to hear more on how the food tasted and not just some vague description of it.

  28. Notice that after she tries each udon she doesn't say it tastes good. Someone start a petition to get a new host please!

  29. Negative on the host. I can't tell which one she likes the most. Her reaction to food is so bland! Her "foodieness" is not showing. She does not engage me – it looks like a consensus base on the comment section.

  30. I hate it when I watch gourmet food video and they didn't describe the flavor clearer than it should be

  31. IMNSHO, 400 menu items is unnecessary OVERKILL. Anyone who's ever worked in a restaurant for any length of time will tell you too many choices will just slow down ordering, and also cause diner remorse. I'd cut that back by at least 90%, and focus more on doing that remaining 10% really really really well … better broth, better ingredients, better presentation … the diners will be less confused, order faster, you'll have less purchasing time, overstock and expiration loss for ingredients in the kitchen, and the cooks can work more efficiently so you need less manpower, and in the end you'll turn tables faster … a win win win for everyone on all sides.

  32. I can't continue watching this video because of the way she holds chopsticks… What kind of upbringing is this? If any upbringing. It's equivalent to one who cannot hold a fork, not to mention a knife. A lot of non-ethnic-Asian American kids hold chopsticks better than her.

  33. lol Cheesecake Factory. This place is not comparable to Cheesecake Factory sister. It may be the same in terms of Food Chain. But TsuruTonTan offers a more complex menu than Cheesecake Factory. One has to appreciate complexity in food in order to enjoy TsuruTonTan menu. Otherwise, people go to Cheesecake Factory for simpler dining menu.

  34. people, let's give her the opportunity to improve and learn from CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Everyone can improve. Bullying is definitely not the way to go.

  35. I'd love to have her job. I know some things about food. She seems to know nothing. At least Lucas does some research and gives some history of the origins of the food he will be eating! "This is a fun one.." "Smells like buffalo sauce." Not too keen, this one is!

  36. Sorry but not impressed. Fancy dressed up noodles for hipster kids who do not know any better but think they do. Much tastier noodles in Chinatowns. Just telling it like it is.

  37. Host, please change your hair, your fringe is covering your eyes and its annoying AF. You're not a moody teen anymore, act your age.

  38. Yo… did this girl literally just said "this is delicious" as the final closing (and ONLY) remark on a place's signature dish? Man, I can do that too, you guys hiring Eater?

  39. I can literally fart on the food and that would be more meaningful review than whatever this girl is trying to say

  40. I thing one thing that makes her bad is that she doesn't do thorough research on her food , she says '' There's alot of Uni on top here…'' , for those who doesn't know Uni , then that's where she should explain what it is and what it's contribution to its dish.

  41. Udon is like ramen's more interesting sibling. The quiet one that dabbles in oil painting with the modest but amazingly curated record collection. I prefer my noodles without broth. I wonder if that's a western thing? That being said, the one at 2:42 looks great. I love seafood chowder and bisque.

  42. I didn't click any because I didn't like this stupid video.
    And I don't like any of these Unorthodox,Fusion.Groundless,Unheard of,Unauthentic,hippy style noodle mess.
    Just grab the whole bowl, turn it side ways and stick it in your A*ss.

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