Donmen is a unique Udon noodle to enjoy with plenty of vegetables and our specialty Kamaboko fish cakes.
We originally started making Kamaboko fish cakes under the name of Mineya over 100 years ago, then established Minematsu-Honke to offer this healthy udon noodle dish.
Donmen means ‘a large bowl (don) filled with noodles (men).’ ‘Don’ also has a double meaning – we’re proud of our local heritage, so it’s a little nod to the name of our local festival, Hakata Dontaku.
Both the udon and soba buckwheat noodles that we sell are handmade in our kitchen. To preserve the quality of noodles, we only allow experienced artisans to be in charge of the noodle-making process. And our thick and pleasantly chewy noodles are proof that this policy pays off.
All of our ingredients are sourced in Japan and we spend hours prepping them for all of our menus: kamaboko, vegetables, noodles, and broth. Our preparation is all done by hand with precision and care, ensuring we make the most of the natural taste of the ingredients.
We serve our noodles with a rich flavored broth, always prepared fresh on the day. Only experienced artisans are allowed to prepare and care for the special broth to ensure consistency of taste. Our special homemade broth is designed to bring out the taste of the noodles and fresh ingredients.
Our large Donmen bowl is custom made in Koishiwara, a well-known pottery town in Fukuoka. We also serve other items from our menu on beautifully designed dishes made in the famous porcelain-producing town of Arita – a feast for both your belly and your eyes!
Minematsu-Honke Inc. was established as a Kamaboko fish cake maker ‘Mineya’ and we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2016. Our Kamabokos are treasured as proud representatives of Hakata (Fukuoka)’s local food.
Our food hygiene management is based on the concept of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point). We only purchase from trustworthy suppliers that we have long-term relationships with in order to maintain the quality of the ingredients.