Oodles of Noodles

Kohan Japanese Restaurant marks National Noodle Month with delish dishes

Pasta aficionados of all stripes, get ready to chow down. March is National Noodle Month, and the perfect time of year to celebrate this time-honored comfort food in all its forms. Studies show that consumption of the humble noodle spikes by as much as 20 percent in January through March as our winter-weary bodies crave soul-satisfying dishes.

Legend has it that noodles and other pastas were first made in China in 3,000 B.C., but we hear Italians make a pretty good case for the origins beginning in their country, as well. Wherever the first noodle was made, we have a plethora of places we can try them on for size now.

Kohan Japanese Restaurant in University Village will showcase its signature udon noodle dishes during a National Noodle Month promotion throughout March. Menu highlights include tempura udon (a Japanese noodle soup with shrimp and vegetable tempura, $8), nabeyaki udon (with chicken, spinach, egg, fish cakes, fried tofu and shrimp tempura served on the side, $10), seafood udon (with shrimp, scallops, calamari and mussels, $12) and yaki soba or udon (pan-fried thin or thick noodles with chicken and vegetables in a sweet teriyaki sauce, $10).

Kohan Japanese Restaurant is located at 730 W. Maxwell St., 312-421-6254. 

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