1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Soumen – The Best Summer Food In Japan

By

Soumen – The Best Summer Food In Japan

Soumen – The Best Summer Food In Japan

I had the opportunity to go back to Japan this summer. Since I hadn't been back during the summer for a long time, the heat and the humidity was a little bit too much for me sometimes. When I go back to Japan, I always enjoy special foods that I haven't had in a while, but this time the best food that I tasted was the very basic dish of soumen (thin wheat flour noodles). It is mainly a home cooked meal, usually served cold with dipping sauce and toppings such as green onion, grated ginger, myouga, shiso leaves, etc. It is a simple dish, but it is such a refreshing meal on a hot day. Do you have any favorite foods to beat the heat?

Japanese Translation

そうめん

今年の夏、日本に帰る機会がありました。夏には長い間帰っていなかったので、その蒸し暑さにはかなりこたえました。日本に帰ればいつも、普段食べることのできない食べ物をあれもこれもと楽しんで食べるのですが、今回とてもおいしく感じたのは、どちらかといえば平凡なそうめんでした。そうめんは家庭料理であり、一般的にひやしたものを、つゆにつけてねぎ、しょうが、みょうが、しそなどの薬味とともに食べます。簡単な食事ではありますが、暑い日にはとてもさっぱりさせてくれます。皆さんは暑いときに、食べたくなる食べ物は、ありますか。

Romaji Translation

Kotoshi no natsu, nihon ni kaeru kikai ga arimashita. Natsu niwa nagai aida kaette inakatta node, sono mushiatsusa niwa kanari kotaemashita. Nihon ni kaereba itsumo, fudan taberu koto no dekinai tabemono o are mo kore mo to tanoshinde taberu no desu ga, konkai totemo oishiku kanjita nowa dochirakato ieba heibonna soumen deshita. Soumen wa katei ryouri de ari, ippantekini hiyashita mono o, tsuyu ni tsukete negi, shouga, myouga, shiso nado no yakumi to tomo ni tabemasu. Kantanna shokuji dewa arimasu ga, atsui hi ni wa totemo sappari sasete kuremasu. Minasan wa atsui toki ni, tabetakunaru tabemono wa, arimasu ka.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I had the opportunity to go back to Japan this summer.

  • Kotoshi no natsu, nihon ni kaeru kikai ga arimashita.
  • ことしのなつ、にほんにかえるきかいが ありました。
  • 今年の夏、日本に帰る機会がありました。

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.