I just got back from my first trip to Japan, where I also had my first intros to udon and ramen. Believe it or not, while I've always eaten Japanese cuisine in NYC, I'd never had udon or ramen until recently.
The best udon I had in Japan had vegetables, fishcakes and mochi. I want to find udon "just like that" in NYC if I can.
For ramen, I liked it with the thin slices of pork...