Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 in Itadakimasu Japan! | 2 comments

Hey dearies. I know, I know. Where have I been? Let’s just say that a combination of school, SATs, and prep school has led to my disappearance from this blog for quite a while. But now that testing is over (thank goodness), I can happily look forward to the long, arduous (SAT word!) college process! Yay! Well, on a happier note, let’s revisit this delicious traditional style ramen shop that my sister and I went to on our last day in Japan. Not only was it my first taste of real ramen made in Japan, but it was also one of the best meals we had there, if not the most satisfying.

Now, this little shop was located in a small outlet, only ten minutes away from the Sapporo airport. We walked into the ramen area, which was composed of around five or so ramen shops clustered together. The first thing we saw was this huge poster practically screaming the menu:

Then we saw this and this:

Wow. They sure know how to advertise don’t they? See all the signatures of famous people that were displayed? It sure gives it a sense of excitement.

So out of all the ramen shops there, this one seemed to be the most popular…well it had the longest lines and the most trophies at least. And I really enjoyed the Japanese feeling it gave off…small wooden tables, a long counter, and plenty of chefs making noodles….

But lets get on to the actual food shall we?¬† I ordered the #1¬† most popular¬† bowl, which was the miso ramen with pork and eggs. I mean, if you’re visiting a shop, you have to try the #1 selection right? And boy did I make the right decision. Here it came in all its steaming glory:

They say you must eat ramen in three simple steps:

1) You smell. 2) You drink. 3) You taste.

I smelled. It smelled amazingly mouthwatering. The miso, pork, and egg combination hit my nostrils and made my stomach grumble. In fact, my stomach’s grumbling now just from thinking about it.

I drank. Yum yum yum. The soup was much more salty than what I was used to, but in exchange, the flavor was intense and meaty. Did I mention that the Japanese like their ramen extremely salty? Even though we asked the waitress to thin out our soup, it was still pretty salty to me. But this was a-ok, and easily remedied by a large pitcher of water. I felt that the salty soup was actually a plus, as the flavor permeated the noodles too.

I tasted. The noodles were extremely chewy and springy. The texture was extremely different from the plain, limpy noodles you get with instant ramen. These noodles were hand made by the ramen chefs everyday, and you could tell that they pounded and stretched the dough a lot to get the texture. All in all, they were some pretty darn good noodles.

And let me just mention the side additions. The eggs included weren’t regular eggs, but rather miso eggs, and wow were they good. Even though the yolk still looks raw, the egg is actually cooked through, but is still soft and eggy in the middle. The pork was also tender and flavorful.

I was completely full, and completely satisfied and content.

And if anyone was wondering what the rest of my family had:

This was the #2 most popular bowl. Pretty much the same as #1 except with the addition of corn, and extra seaweed, eggs, and pork. I tried some, not bad at all.

Ok, you see how red that is? This is the #3 most popular, the Special Spicy Miso Flavor noodle. If you have a low spice tolerance level, this is DANGEROUS! This is extremely spicy. It is labeled at three peppers on the menu! Even my Dad, the Spicy King, was sweating. If you look back at the first picture, you can even see they have another bowl with five peppers next to it. That, my friends, could be either potentially life threatening, or the spice of life. And that’s coming from my sister, who has the lowest spice tolerance level ever.

And that’s pretty much it! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this long overdue post. I really loved this restaurant, feel free to leave comments on your experiences!

Cheers!

— Jas

Photographs taken and provided by Jasmine Hwang.

2 Comments

  1. Nov-12-2010

    Man, I want some ramen now. When are we going back to Japan again? =D

  2. Nov-13-2010

    I think the last picture is a nice touch. A fine finale. The picture says it all.

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