Japan's World-Class Comfort Food
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Stir-Fried Udon Noodles
As of this week, Japan holds more Michelin stars than France—even though the guide is published in France. Thirty-two Japanese restaurants earned the maximum three-star rating for 2012, while just 25 French restaurants received the honor in the most recent guide (the next version comes out in February). While these high-end restaurants are among the many reasons Japan makes an incredible destination for food lovers, the country also has an incredible knack for comfort food (see: ramen, tempura and soba). This recipe for Stir-Fried Udon Noodles with chicken, shrimp and vegetables from Chicago Chef Takashi Yagihashi makes a great intro for the home cook.