Wanko Soba Noodle is a style of Japanese Soba Noodles originating from Iwate Prefecture in Japan, particularly Morioka and Hanamaki. The name Wanko mean “bowl”, more specifically “small bowl” which refers to the tiny bowl in which the noodles are served. A mouthful of noodles is served with different condiments. This local favourite began almost four centuries ago as an efficient way to provide guests with “all-you-can-eat” noodles, and continues today as one of Iwate’s most famous food experiences. Count your bite-sized bowls as you down them, but beware! Slide the lid on your bowl quickly when you’re done, or one of the servers will slide in a new portion for you to eat. It can also be a competition, see who can eat most bowls of noodles. If you are confident of yourself, why not take up the challenge!
All Japan Wanko Soba Contest will be held on the 11th Feb 2015 at 10:00 am
The contestants compete to see how many bowls of bite-sized buckwheat noodles they can eat in three to five minutes.
Venue : Hanamaki city Bunka Kaikan
Access: 20 min walk from JR Hanamaki Station
and if you want to join in the fun here are some wanko soba restaurants