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Should I slurp my noodles in Japan?

Should I slurp my noodles in Japan?

Hell yeah!

Japan is the place to come for some of the tastiest food on the planet, particularly noodles. Whether it’s the rich dreamy broth based ramen or the juicy thick yummy udon, Japanese noodles are sure to rock your world.

But when it comes to eating said noodles, what better way to show your appreciation then with several beautifully timed, loud SLURPS!?

You read right. In Japan, slurping is considered good manners and a sign you’re enjoying your meal. Just take care of the splash back on your clothes…!

So, should I slurp my noodles in Japan? Absolutely – and with plenty of gusto and pride 🙂

Here’s a couple of our favourite slurping moments in Japan.


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Ramen bars are everywhere in the country serving up bowls of this rich heavenly broth.

The ramen broth is usually made in the morning or overnight, ready for the day’s serving. The Ramen noodles are made of wheat and egg. They are thin and firm in appearance with a chewy texture.

Should I slurp my noodles in Japan ramen bar slurping Stefan
Which plate of ramen should I go face down in first? Stefan’s Japanese dilemma


Udon are another type of Japanese noodle, different to ramen. They are thicker, softer in texture and made from thick wheat flour.

One of the tastiest ways of eating udon noodles is in a stir fry called yaki udon and it’s GOOOOOD!

Should I slurp noodles in Japan udon stefan
Stefan about to go slurp slurp face down in this plate of udon noodles goodness


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Sebastien is the co-founder, editor and author of He is a tech geek, a total travel nerd and a food enthusiast. He spends the majority of his time planning Nomadic Boys' travels meticulously right down to the minute details. Sebastien has travelled to over 80 countries with his partner in crime and the love of his life, Stefan. He regularly shares his expertise of what it’s like travelling as a gay couple both on Nomadic Boys and on prominent publications ranging from Pink News, Matador, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and many more. Originally from France, Sebastien moved to London in the early 2000s where he pursued a career as a computer programmer for Thompson Reuters and Bloomberg. He subsequently left it all to explore his passion for travelling around the world with Stefan to hand, and thus Nomadic Boys was born.

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