Koufuku Graffiti ep 5 – Nagashi-sōmen

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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.


11 thoughts on “Koufuku Graffiti ep 5 – Nagashi-sōmen

  1. miharusshi

    But hey, wouldn’t you run out of noodles to catch if you wait at the end of the slide? Someone’s going to eat them before you do! Chopsticks training, commence!

    Koufuku Graffiti is the epitome food porn series. 😄 I’m still stuck at ep 1, though. Gotta change that fact.

    Anyhoo, I hope you don’t mind me spamming your comment section with Nichijou clips. :3

    1. mochirochi Post author

      You know, I’ve started to watch Nichijou since I’m a bit behind on that love train. The clips are always funny, but now I’ll have some proper context to them. 😀

      As for the noodles….I guess I’ll be right at the top then. Lol

      1. miharusshi

        Yay! I’m glad to know you’re watching it! :3 Nichijou, for me, is a lot like Gintama–in the sense that there are many clips/skits you can go back to anytime and still laugh. 😄 They never get old.

        At the top? The noodles wouldn’t be cool at that point. 🙂 The middle is always cool.

        1. mochirochi Post author

          …..but then I’d only get one noodle. 😦 And even then, it would fall on the ground. hehe.

          It’s good so far! But I wonder why I didn’t watch this when it came out.

          1. miharusshi

            Man, this is becoming a real-world problem, like how fanservice is a big deal in NouCome:
            a. You get the somen from the top, but it isn’t as cool as you wanted it.
            b. You wait for the cool somen at the middle of the slide, but you’re not good with chopsticks, so the noodle slides past.

            Must have been because it didn’t read on your anime radar.

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