Noodles became popular in Japan in the late 1800s to early 1900s after the Chinese introduced it to them. Since noodles landed on their shores, they've since become synonymous with Japanese culture. The udon in particular immediately gives resonance to Japanese traditions.
So when SoraNews24 catches wind of a restaurant that is making thick belts of black udon noodles, your head should definitely be on a major tilt! Especially when the broth looks similar to milk.
In the town of Kiryu, in Gunma Prefecture, the restaurant Tanumaya is making some visually shocking udon and selling it for less than $7. The Kuro-obi, or “Black Belt” udon, goes for 950 yen (US$6.75) — that's a steal to feed your food curious mind.
The udon noodles achieve their black color because of the edible bamboo charcoal that's kneaded into the dough. Their soy milk based broth gives great contrast to enhance the pitch black noodles.
As for me, I could definitely have this bowl of ramen on Halloween and call it a Bowl of Beetlejuice.