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Odang Udon - fresh udon from a food truck [San Francisco]

oniontears | Jan 22, 201509:07 PM

I stopped by Odang Udon today (55 Duboce Ave. at the Duboce Truck Stop) around 1:15pm in search of noodles in hot broth. No one else was eating udon or ordering. There were number of options on the menu from a classic with dashi broth, miso, curry, and something with skirt steak and fried eggs. Add-ons include shrimp tempura and fried chicken (karaage). Noodles are freshly made each day using a Yamato udon machine housed in the truck. I asked about the classic broth, which apparently is simmered by the truck chefs with kombu, anchovies/sardines, etc.

I ordered the classic which is said to come with tempura flakes (tenkasu), green onions, and seasonal vegetable tempura in a dashi broth. Mine also featured enoki mushrooms, a thin slice of crunchy lotus root, and seaweed (wakame). The tempura was served on the side and is in fact superbly executed kakiage composed of a tangle of julienned carrot, zucchini, possibly onion. It came with a soy-ginger type dipping sauce, but I like my kakiage eaten with my noodles and bathed in broth. The noodles were excellent, both in terms of flavor and texture. The serving was very decently sized, and served in a plastic bowl. The toppings were well prepared, with my only complaint stemming from some strong pieces of chopped green onion stalks. The broth was exactly what I hoped for, not too salty, very hot, and hit the right flavors of a dashi broth that has a touch of sweetness to round out the full savory taste. I found the shichimi togarashi next to the ordering window. This meal set me back $8 (including tax) and there was plenty of seating on clean picnic benches.

The food came out in less than 10 minutes and the tempura was clearly fried to order. Service was very friendly, and parking appears to be available in the food truck park. I have been shying away from food trucks lately in SF, finding the latest offerings to be tired and uninspired. Given that, I was positively pleased with Odang Udon!

Has anyone else tried the classic udon or their other offerings?

Odang Udon
55 Duboce Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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