Noodles, noodles everywhere. With all of the attention given to ramen, you could perhaps be forgiven for forgetting about other Asian noodles. Take udon noodles, for example. Udon noodles, like ramen, are usually served in soup. Unlike ramen, udon are quite thick and often chewy. At Samurai Mama, in Williamsburg, they make their own udon noodles, and for an extra charge you can get them served in a vegetarian broth. That’s what I did when I ordered the kinokojil kake udon, or udon in broth with a variety of mushrooms. The noodles themselves were quite good; unfortunately they were let down by the broth. The aroma reminded me of powdered onion soup mix, though it had much less flavor than even that. And although there were some tasty mushrooms in there, there were also slices of eggplant. I’d never had boiled eggplant before, and I hope never again to have it. For the price they’re charging, I’d expect a lot more from a bowl of noodles.
Samurai Mama — 205 Grand St