The other day I went to Kyoto, and I went to see my mother. She made me a beef udon and a bowl of rice cooked with beans for lunch. She said, “Squeeze lime in the udon soup, and it tastes like pho.” I knew that there are some udon restaurants in Gion area in Kyoto that serve lemon with udon, but I never imagined to see a slice of lime on the udon at home.
The soup was rich and delicious, and I asked my mother what is used for the soup. She showed me a Dashi pack saying that this is sold at the Takashimaya department store. I don’t think this Dashi pack is very famous. It was from a Shichimi spice specialty company.
On general, the set of carbohydrate dishes like this lunch is not preferred, because it is “easy to get fat” or “not good for health,” but my mother finally served me a potato salad.