Keihanshin (京阪神) Episode 8: Kitsune Udon (きつねうどん)

In Osaki, you can taste many delicious food with reasonable price as compare to other area in Japan, such as Tokyo. Furthermore, a couple of famous food are originated in Osaka, such as Takoyaki, Osukimiyaki, Osaka Ramen. There is another one — Kitsune Udon (きつねうどん), which is also invented from Osaka, and the owner has been running the business for more than 100 years, and the current chef is the third generation.

The restaurant is called Usami-tei Matsubaya (うさみ亭 マツバヤ),  located at Minami, nearest subway station is Shinsaibashi Station (心斎橋駅). The shop look simple without big signboard and exaggerated decoration. It just stands there silently and humbly. (sorry for the blur picture).

Kitsune Udon consists of a big slice of sweet-taste deep fried tofu and spring onions, with thick and chewy Udon, and a heart-warming soup. To Japanese, the soup is more important than the noodle itself. That’s why they are very meticulous about the stock. The soup is made with Konbu, dried-fish, soy sauce, Japanese sake and other ingredients.

It is called Kitsune Udon, which literally means “Fox Udon”, because Japanese believes that fox like to eat the deep fried tofu, and use it to worship the stone-carved fox at Inari Shrine. The sweetened fried tofu also can be found at inarizushi (稲荷寿司), a pouch-like tofu filled with vinegar sushi rice.

To fully enjoy the udon, you need to eat it the Japanese way — sucking the noodles, not embarrassed of making the slurping noise, holding the bowl and sucking the soup generously until the very last drop. This is not only a good way to appreciate the udon, but also good way to distress yourself.


Address: 3-8-1 Minamisenba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka

Nearest subway: Sinsaibashi Station 心斎橋

Operating Hours: 11:00 ~ 19:00 (Mon-Thur), 11:00 ~ 19:30 (Fri-Sat), closed on Sun and public holiday


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