Celebrate Tsukimi, Japan’s Harvest Moon Festival, with a $ 5 udon bowl at this Carrollton noodle shop
Marugame Udon commemorates Tsukimi, Japan’s traditional harvest moon-watching festival, with $ 5 udon bowls and a haiku competition through October 3.
Based in Japan, Marugame Udon is the largest udon concept in the world. It has less than a dozen locations in the United States, but more than 1,800 worldwide. The company opened branches in Carrollton in 2020 and Dallas this year.
Even in Japan, thick Sanuki-style noodles are usually bought frozen in grocery stores. But Marugame’s complex noodles are made in-house, and business has been strong during the pandemic, especially with take-out orders and food delivery apps.
The $ 5 seasonal dish – the Tsukimi Udon Bowl – features dashi broth and a creamy traditional onsen egg that represents the moon.
“On harvest moon, tradition has it that the Japanese get together to sing songs, write poems and eat udon,” says Alonzo Cudd, Marketing Director of Marugame Udon. “It is an integral part of the way Japan looks at nature and is very much linked to the seasons.”
And there is also a haiku contest, with rules to come. The theme is, of course, udon, and the winner will have their haiku printed on the shirts of Marugame Udon employees.
Marugame Udon is located at 3450 E. Hebron Pkwy. in Carrollton and 5500 Greenville Ave., # 1102, in Dallas. marugameudon.com.