Udon are thick noodles made from wheat flour. It’s a common Japanese dish with restaurants specializing in making them from scratch and preparing regional varieties. This one, though, is rather novel: kuro-obi or “black belt” udon.
Sora News 24 heard that a restaurant in a town in the center of Honshu is offering them and dispatched reporters to investigate it. For the equivalent of $6.75 USD, you can get a bowl of udon that is blackened with bamboo charcoal which is mixed into the dough. The black noodles are sharply contrasted by the white soy milk broth. The reviewers report that the combination is both tasty and visually appealing.