This show always makes me hungry! I’ll have a proper recap for the next episode, but for this one I thought it might be fun to talk about the main food item that Ryou, Kirin, and Shiina all had. Nagashi-sōmen, free flowing noodles.
I have to say, it looks delicious! I wasn’t too familiar with nagashi-sōmen, but apparently it’s quite the popular thing to do in the summer in Japan. Somen noodles are best served cold, so a fun way to serve them is by making a bamboo slide and letting the noodles slide down it. Just make sure you use ice cold water to allow the noodles to swim freely to the bottom and to help keep them refreshingly cool.
The fun part is trying the somen before they swim past you. Once you do, dip them into your sauce and enjoy your noodles. You can find these in summer festivals and certain restaurants, but also regular people can make their own makeshift nagashi-sōmen in their backyard, like Shiina and her family did in this episode, or buy your own for indoor use.
I’m not the greatest chopstick user, so I’d probably wait at the end of the bamboo slide and catch whatever remaining noodles make it there, or at the very top so I can have first dibs. I still wouldn’t be able to catch a lot of noodles, but it would be fun to try.
In terms of the episode, it was cute and Shiina’s mother and maid are hilarious. Along with learning about nagashi-sōmen, I also learned that despite how it seems it looks like Ryou, Kirin, and Shiina are the only ones who eat and enjoy their food in that exaggerated way.