Traditional Japanese food Vol.7 – Tohoku Cuisine: Wanko-soba

Wanko-soba is the local cuisine of Iwate and is eaten in a very unique and entertaining manner. These are buckwheat noodles and as soon as you finish the first bowlful, a server flings a fresh ball of noodles into the empty bowl with a wild cry and continues to fill it until you have had enough!
This dish of Wanko-soba is usually not ate daily. Instead, it is more frequently ate during occasions or events.
Only about a mouthful of noodles is served each time, so if you are an adult male you should be able to eat about 50-60 bowls. Some say that this tradition stems from when landowners hospitably served their guests until they were full.
It is now known throughout Japan as a specialty of Morioka and Hanamaki.
The trick to eating a-lot, is to slurp it down without chewing. National championships are held every year in Morioka and Hanamaki, so if you are confident of your appetite, why not take up the challenge?
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2 thoughts on “Traditional Japanese food Vol.7 – Tohoku Cuisine: Wanko-soba

  1. Haha, this sounds fun 🙂 do the servers have to stay near you while you eat then or is this only at a bar-like setting so they can keep refilling? I need to take note of all the traditional foods you say to try in your blog before I visit one day. =)

    • Hello! 🙂
      It depends, really. But most of the time, the servers will just wonder around the restaurant while keeping a sharp eye for empty bowls. If not, you can always call out for them!!~

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