丸亀製麺 (Marugameseimen) Udon – Cheap, Delicious, and Fun!

Ryosuke and I have been doing an absurd amount of travel recently – some for work and some just for fun. There are numerous benefits of travel (evident on the half a million or so articles and book online about how travel will change your life and/or make you a better person)… but there are also some sucky parts of travel: dry hotel air so you wake up with a sore throat every morning, doing laundry in the sink, expensive public transportation, and eating out every night (because you rarely have a functioning kitchen). Basically, what I’m trying to say is while travel is fun, it is not all rainbows and unicorns.  

But you’re not here to hear about that – you’re here for the delicious udon article. So here I go.

丸亀製麺 Marugameseimen udon Japan noodles food delicious

Whenever Ryosuke and I find ourselves on the road for two meals in a row, we always try to make sure one of those meals in soba or udon noodles. And our favorite place to go is the chain: 丸亀製麺 (Marugameseimen).

Since that’s a mouthful (no pun intended) I’m just going to call it Maru-men from here on out.

Maru-men is an udon chain store all over Japan, famous for their low prices and the fact that they make all their noodles from scratch inside the restaurant. If you’re lucky, you can watch the noodles be made.

丸亀製麺 Marugameseimen udon Japan noodles food delicious

This chain made quite a splash when it first opened because they were offering bowls of udon noodles as cheap as 290yen (just under $3), as opposed to the standard 750yen bowl of udon noodles most sit down restaurants offer.

They also serve fresh, piping hot tempura ranging from 80 – 200yen each (which, to be honest, is how they make their money). If your favorite tempura isn’t there, you can order it and watch them make it in the fryer in front of you.

Udon is either served in a hot broth or chilled, with a cool dipping sauce.  Broths have dashi, soy sauce, and tsuyu with all-you-can-eat sliced spring onions and grated ginger. There are a bunch of toppings you can add on, like raw eggs, grated yam, wild vegetables, spicy fish eggs, and seaweed.

Every time I go to Maru-men, I order something new.

This time around I got spicy fish eggs and a raw egg over udon in a hot dashi-soy sauce broth.

I also ordered tempura takenoko (sliced and boiled baby bamboo).

丸亀製麺 Marugameseimen udon Japan noodles food delicious

Ryosuke got chilled udon noodles in a regular tsuyu dipping sauce with spring onions.

For tempura, he got a vegetable medley (pictured below) and a tempura-ed egg (crispy on the outside but the yolk was still completely runny).

丸亀製麺 Marugameseimen udon Japan noodles food delicious

Our entire meal was under 1000yen.

We sat at the restaurant eating, chatting, and planning what to do next (we’re in the Shiga prefecture right now) – before hopping in the car and continuing on our way. It was well after the lunch rush so we basically had the entire restaurant to ourselves.

丸亀製麺 Marugameseimen udon Japan noodles food delicious

Next time you’re in Japan, make sure to check out丸亀製麺 (Marugameseimen) for some delicious, cheap, fresh udon noodles!

 

About Grace Buchele Mineta

I got into the writing business by accident. Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. Contact: Website | More Posts

22 Comments on 丸亀製麺 (Marugameseimen) Udon – Cheap, Delicious, and Fun!

  1. People say Japan is really expensive but even the more expensive food there seems pretty cheap here:/ the food looks great though, it’s hard to find places like that, especially chain restaurants that offer healthier food for that price~
    Loving your posts and videos~

  2. JapanLilli // 29 May, 2016 at 4:41 am //

    Wait, that’s a chain? I wasn’t aware of that. Cheapest and best udon I had in Japan. We had one of those restaurants near the school. And I definitely didn’t go there often enough. I miss it.

  3. Oh my god, I’m so hungry now!
    It’ll be my first stop when I finally move in September ;D

  4. love it! I am seriously craving it now but live in London! I have just discovered you and I can’t wait to explore the rest of the blog and your youtube videos :)
    Japan sounds like such a wonderful place to live and work

  5. I ate there I ended up buying something Friedthat was filled with onions and I hate onions haha

  6. I’m so excited to hear you’re in Shiga!!! I’m gonna be looking for you everywhere for the next few weeks, even though I’m sure you’re probably already home by the time this was posted. If you get the chance, please come visit the Ninja Village in Kouka city. I think Ryousuke would enjoy renting a ninja costume and doing 8 different types of ninja training.

  7. I have somehow never been to one of these- I’ll keep a lookout and give them a try, I love udon!

  8. Yumm… it looks so good!

  9. Carlie // 9 May, 2016 at 9:42 pm //

    in regards to doing laundry in a sink, you should try a scrubba bag. I bought one to do my laundry this summer while backpacking and it is awesome.

  10. Richard // 9 May, 2016 at 8:18 pm //

    O-ishi-so, desu ne! Next time my wife and I go to Japan we will have to try Maru-men….

  11. Too bad i’m not in Japan anymore, I’d definitely have tried ! Thanks for hare, I’ll keep the name in my head for my next trip ^^

  12. I love Maru-men! I was so happy to see they have it in Okinawa too (we miss out on a lot of the chains down here) so I try to go often!! Mmm Udon.

  13. This made me want some udon or soba!! I wish I can go back to Japan for all the good food!!

  14. Man, I’m drooling. That sounds magical. 🍜

  15. Monique Rowe // 9 May, 2016 at 9:32 am //

    HI Grace. With all the traveling you and Ryosuke have done recently and in the past few years, have you thought about/considered doing a cookbook of the meals you end up eating often, or find on your travels? Maybe even a collaboration cookbook with Jun & Rachel, Sharla and Micaela ??? :D Since everything you eat in Japan isn’t easily findable in terms of ingredients, (because its the North American side of the world), are there equivalent ingredients you can use to make the dishes as close as possible?

    • Ryosuke and I have thought about making a cookbook at some point :)
      He’s been making cooking videos recently as a sort of “test run” to see if that’s something people would be interested in. It’s going well so we might start working on a cookbook in a couple months/years~

  16. Looks so good I am getting hungry just looking at the pictures. Help up the wonderful work

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