Living in Houston has its pros and cons. Living near my parents being one of the pros and not having fabulous Japanese food being a major con! We have decent Japanese sushi, but it's hard to find other good authentic dishes (I'm not talking about chicken teriyaki). Having lived in California for 3.5 years we quickly experienced some great Japanese food and grew accustomed to eating it at least 2-3 times a week. We used to go to this little mom & pop restaurant in Pasadena and they had the best udon noodle dishes, one of my favorites was nabeyaki. We've found a couple of restaurants that serve nabeyaki, but it's definitely not up to par with what we had in Cali. When we lived in Orange County we used to go to this Japanese market and loved their delicious Shio "salt" Ramen. Well since we won't be in California I had D make this wonderful dish for us---it was quick and easy (well at least it seemed like it was). We'll (he'll) have to play around with the recipe to make it even better, but it was really good even though he forgot the ginger. :)
Go to NigellaExpress for the recipe.