Cuisine of the Middle Class · Restaura-scapades

The Ramen Virgin


I can’t remember offhand when I finally got around to having ramen, but I did give it a shot. It was unexpectedly cold one day when I went out to go grocery shopping (and you know what they say about doing that on an empty belly), so I thought I would warm up by stopping in at this family run joint next to one of the train stations I frequent.

My first mistake was standing there waiting to be seated. As a tip, when you’re by yourself, you are usually able to choose where you want to sit on your own. My second mistake was thinking I was going to get the same kind of rice the bloke next to me was eating. Wrong! As you can see, I overloaded on carbs. I went down into that deep spiral that results in pain and confusion. My last mistake was thinking the red oil would be savory. Needless to say, my gyoza were particularly spicy that day.

In the ramen (I ordered sho-ramen):

  • Broth
  • Pork (I’m unsure of the cut)
  • Menma
  • Seaweed
  • Fish cakes (particularly the Naruto kind)
  • Green onions
  • Noodles

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