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Spicy sukiyaki beef udon at Yuzu

With each order sliced by hand to order, you expect the udon to be fresh here. What’s not expected is the way Yuzu serves its spicy sukiyaki beef version—al dente noodles in one bowl, a rich shoyu broth laced with sesame oil hiding a mountain of sukiyaki beef in another. (True to Japanese tradition, the spice level is … not very.) If you ever saw udon as the boring cousin of ramen, here’s proof it doesn’t have to be. 

Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, 943-1155. $13.95