Listen & Cook: The Kamogawa Food Detectives
February 20, 2024

Listen & Cook: Nabeyaki Udon from The Kamogawa Food Detectives

Erin Murphy By Erin Murphy

What’s the one dish you’d do anything to taste just one more time?

Everyone has that one dish that stands out as a supreme culinary memory. One of mine, for example, is a pink creamy Jell-O concoction that I remember eating at every Labor Day picnic as a kid until suddenly, one year, it disappeared from the buffet table and never came back. To this day, every recipe search comes up short, and my family doesn’t know what I’m talking about.

In The Kamogawa Food Detectives, father-daughter duo Koishi and Nagare Kamogawa try their hardest to recreate their customers’ food memories. That undertaking is what makes them the Kamogawa Food Detectives, and what keeps their diners coming back to their Kyoto restaurant for more. Well, that, and their other delicious (and oftentimes extravagant) meals.

The Kamogawas embark on ingenious investigations to find their customers’ treasured dishes to connect them with their forgotten pasts and future happiness.

We invite you to press play on this sweet (or savory–it’s your dish, after all) cozy mystery, while you serve up a delicious meal inspired by the Kamogawa’s restaurant of lost recipes. Nabeyaki Udon is a hearty staple; it’s full of protein and flavor, and feels like a warm hug. Find the complete recipe to fill your bowl here.

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