MatsubayaTaste of Chinese Soba is
the taste of Gujo
From Soba to Udon, and finally ramen. I tasted 3 bowls of Soba in Gujo Hachiman, following with a Oyako-udon in Yamatoya. I start to think about the soul food here. I heard about the Chinese noodle and fried noodle are famous around this area.
“Matsubaya” is a very old restaurant in Gujo Hachiman. It was established in 1914 as a hotel. The fourth generation, Mr Yu Maeda told me that it seems like it was a hotel providing meals. The second generation changed the hotel into an Udon restaurant. He did not have any professional training in making Udon and Soba. Although he learnt it himself, he received good reputation and continued the business till now. They are still making Udon and Soba by themselves in the traditional way.
When I decided to order an Udon, I see a poster written “Chinese Soba” (715JPY, with tax) and “Chinese Soba with tempura” (880JPY, with tax) next to it. I am surprised that they provide Chinese Soba too! Mr Maeda said they have had it on menu since the second generation. When I look at the sieve, he uses is not the same flat or long type or we usually see. His movement shaking down extra water makes me so impressed.
“Chinese Soba with tempura” is simply Chinese Soba with tempura for toppings. It is originally a request from regular customer. It has been introduced for several times in magazines and other media. I want to try the original taste, so I choose “Chinese Soba”.