Now, here's some ramen you don't get every day. You may remember my adviser, Professor T, he who dares to slurp tsukemen without so much as tucking in his Hermes tie, downing bowls without spilling a single drop. Professor T is well aware of my love for ramen (and this blog!), and we had long discussed getting another bowl together.
Well, Professor T, in his extreme generosity made one poor graduate student's day. After a brief discussion of 1920s language reform - an appetite stimulant, natch - he took me out to grab a bowl...at the Kôka Ryûhô (Imperial House of the Dragon and Phoenix) restaurant inside the extremely proper Rihga Royal Hotel.
Professor T had rightly pointed out (he never points things out wrongly, trust me) that despite all my ramenating and ramen eating, I was overlooking a very significant category of ramen, namely hotel Chinese food ramen. Every nice hotel in Tokyo worth its both proverbial and literal salt has a Chinese restaurant inside. Love for ramen just might transcend class. In any case, well-heeled wheeler-dealers need space to slurp away from the public eye.
And while those restaurants may specialize in banquet food and fine preparations (like this sea urchin gelee served with sashimi)...they always offer Japanese-Chinese staples too. This of course includes ramen, which was, you recall, called "Chûka Soba" (Chinese noodles) and imported as "Chinese" food around the turn of the last century.
So, after dusting off the above appetizers, a bit of light tempura vegetable fritters served orchid-side...
It was noodle time! We decided to do a taste test, starting with the Gomoku Yasai Soba (mixed vegetable noodles), featuring a veritable wok-full of fresh veggies atop a light yet flavorful shôyu (soy sauce) broth. Basically, this is your average street-cart style old school Tokyo ramen done up proper, rather than cooked in a vat in a parking lot, and the nuanced flavors and lack of oil made the difference.
But the star of the meal was no doubt the Fukahire Ramen - thin noodles in a rich creamy pork bone broth topped with a generous slice of tender shark fin. Mein gottes in himmel, this was a luscious delicacy. Imagine a tonkotsu broth made just a bit sweeter, but instead of roast pork, you get melt-in-your mouth ineffably soft whatever it is that shark fin is made of. It's a delicate taste hard to describe if you've never tried it.
Sorry Mom, sorry Jewish upbringing, sorry Nature.
And if that wasn't decadent enough, note the bright orange chunks of crab roe. This was truly a treat. Professor T and I savored every bite. Plus, when's the last time you had a tuxedoed waiter refill your cup of tea every time you took a sip while you slurped?
As much as I wanted to let that taste linger in my mouth for hours, I couldn't resist a bit of almond pudding to finish off the meal.
It's been months, but Professor T, if you're reading this, thanks again for a great lunch and for introducing me to a whole new side, nay genre, of ramen I'd never have discovered otherwise.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Great to have you back on the blog. Look forward to your future ramen insights.
bo bo bo back in full effect!
I love your ramen journey prose. Makes me homesick for a place I've never been. Ramen. Ramen. Ramen. Now I shall sleep with ramen on my mind.
It feels awe-inspiring to read such informative and distinctive articles on your websites.
The individuals not reading your blogs stuff are missing out much qualitative contents.
online hotel booking
It is extremely nice to see the greatest details presented in an easy and understanding manner.
best hotel prices
Hurrah, that’s what I was trying to get for, just what a stuff Presented at this blog!! Thanks admin of the site.
accommodation search engine
a pride for me to be able to discuss on a quality website because I just learned to make an article on
obat menggugurkan kandungan
Fascinating information I haven’t been experienced such information in quite a long time.
compare hotel prices
It is imperative that we read blog post very carefully. I am already done it and find that this post is really amazing.
obat ginjal bengkak
obat limpa bengkak
obat kencing manis
Thank you for your information, please visit:
I can only express a word of thanks. Because with the content on this blog I can add knowledge I, thank has been sharing this information. Do not forget to visit our website to share information and knowledge about health. |
obat Sedawa |
cara menaikan peranakan terturun |
DISTRIBUTOR QNC JELLY GAMAT |
obat demam mencret dan pusing |
cara menyembuhkan meniere
I'm the one who keeps hugging you tightly, when you think it's possible to turn away, i'm the one who will calm the storm to stay strong you walk later
Obat Penghancur Batu Empedu
Cara Menurunkan Tekanan Darah Tinggi
Cara Menyembuhkan Liver
Cara Mengobati Abses Payudara
Having a good username on TikTok is so important. Because if it will attractive and catchy then it helps to gain follower. Because when someone like your video then he tells to his friends and others about you and suggest them to follow you and if your username is simple and awesome then It's a big advantage for you. So you can find many Cool TikTok Username here.
Roblox is a big multiplayer online game creation system. Where an user can create his own game and play it. You can create many types of games in Roblox. Roblox has 100 million monthly active users in all over the world. If you also a user of Roblox then you will definitely like these Roblox memes.
Bingkeung BossssQ Diriku ke Kanan dan Kau pun ke Kiri
Khasiat Ricalinu Herbal
Cara Mengatasi Nyeri Sendi Akibat Rematik
Cara Mengatasi Nyeri Selangkangan
Post a Comment