Apologies for my lack of posts, I do feel a bit guilty for not posting anything these past few months. The lack of posts reflect on the business not the laziness this time! I’ve actually typed up rough drafts which just never see completion
Christmas and New Year 2012-2013 found us eating our way through the land of shinobi Tokyo, Japan! It is definitely the place to go if you enjoy good quality food and service! I really enjoyed myself in Tokyo and look forward to visiting Japan in the future not only for the food, but also for the welcoming and polite locals.
The aim of this trip was to eat ramen everyday, and I think we did quite well! We even became ‘regulars’ to a couple of ramen restaurants near our hotel. Our very first experience with a vending machine ramen order was quite interesting. After a few gestures and pointing, we were seated at the counter and served up a steaming hot bowl of yummy ramen!
The dipping ramen seemed to be quite popular with the locals, but being winter at the time, I stuck with the ramen soup.
It was interesting to see that we didn’t spot any obese locals despite different sized meals costing the same. Double or triple portions for the original price!
Of all the broths that we had with our ramen, I enjoyed the traditional tonkotsu, miso and shoyu the best. There was a bowl of fish base ramen stock we had in Harujuku which was a bit of a challenge to my palette.
Some pork soup base can be extremely fatty, but during such a cold period in time I wasn’t as concerned. Just closed my eyes and drank in the fatty goodness…
The pork was a good mix of fat, the soup was flavoursome and the ramen was perfect! I like that it’s a bit thicker than ramen in Perth, gives it a better bite.
We even queued up outside for an hour in the freezing cold to get a taste of a popular local ramen shop in Ikebukuro!
I definitely recommend going to these ramen stores if you’re in Japan in winter. There’s just something about cold weather that make you appreciate a steaming bowl of ramen or udon ^_^