Tokyo Ramen Shop Holds Super Meat Day, Is Awesome

A ramen shop in Tokyo, aptly named Niku-ya (Butcher Shop) takes pork ramen to a whole new level. Every February 9th, you don’t get the normal amount of pork, you get 60 times the normal amount of pork, because February 9th is “Super Meat Day”. This means instead of 1 slice, you get 60 slices. You really have to see the video to understand just how much pork this is for one ramen bowl.

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Even though the video is in Japanese, the imagery is what impresses. Each bowl has about 2 and 2/3rds to 3 pounds of pork!

As it turns out, Niku-ya doesn’t even consider themselves a ramen shop, they’re a meat shop, and so if you can’t make Feb 9, you can attend Meat Day on the 29th of each month. If any reader has visited, I’d love to see some pictures!

Box ‘O Ramen from RamenPlace.com

RamenPlace.com was nice enough to send me a box of ramen goodies, most of which I have not tried before. Over the next few weeks and months, I plan on doing some reviews of them. Before they sent me the box, they asked me to choose some varieties from their store and I must say that I was quite impressed with the selection, including several varieties of ramen I’ve never seen before. Personally I’m excited to try the potato noodle soup.

I did make the shrimp ramen pictured above with my kid. We both enjoyed it, but it needs more water than is called for in the directions or the noodles will be too al dente. Since I’ve had that ramen before, I didn’t write up a full review, but expect some from the next ones I try.

The Top Ten Instant Noodles In The World According to the Ramen Rater

Hans Lienesch, aka The Ramen Rater, is well qualified to make this list, the Top 10 Instant Noodles in the World. Hans eats ramen more often than me and so I trust his judgement.

Hans says:

Over 30 years later and having officially sampled over 650 different unique varieties, I’ve come up with a list of my favorites. It changes from time to time as I find new varieties to enjoy, but here it is as it stands currently.

Read the full list here.

Personally I’ve tried #7 – Nong Shim Black, #4 Sapporo Ichiban, Japanese Style Noodles Chow Mein, and #8 Sapporo Ichiban Shio Ramen on this list and they were excellent. I do like the Nong Shim Black the best of those three. Has anyone else tried these?

This New Twitter Thing: @RamenHomepage is Live

When this website was first written, in 1996, there were no blogs. I would download emails using Eudora on my 486 in my dorm room and then hand edit HTML to add the new recipes. Back then the only people online were college students, which worked out well for me. Fast forward a few years and now we’ve got this whole twitter thing. I was resistant to it at first, but now I think it’s a great way to be notified of new posts on this blog and a good way for you to alert me of new cool ramen stuff. To that end, I finally have a twitter account for this blog: @RamenHomepage

Instant Ramen: Packet or Bowl?

When you’re making instant ramen which to you prefer? The packet which you cook on the stove or the styrofoam bowl which is more portable? Personally, I’ve always preferred the ramen packet as I’ve been eating it that way for over 20 years.

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Tomorrow is Momofuku Ando Day

Hans at the RamenRater let me know that tomorrow is Momofuku Ando Day, at least at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. Momofuku Ando, for those who don’t know, is the inventor of instant ramen, and obviously a genius. Since Wikipedia is down today, you won’t be able to read much about it there, so I’ll just link to Hans’ article.

Today I was looking through a Wikipedia entry all about the creator of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando. Much to my surprise, I noticed that there is a day commemorating him called Momofuku Ando Day! What’s strange about this is that it was founded by some healthcare workers – at a Dallas, Texas hospital!

What’s not so strange about this is why a day exists to honor the man.

The government insisted that the companies that made noodles were too small to supply everyone.Ando decided that he would try to fill the demand. He is quoted as saying, “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat.”
After a lot of hard work, 1958 proved a good year with the first instant noodles to be invented. Simply called Chikin ramen, they were a little pricy when they came out. After a bit of time, they came down in price. Now they’re considered to be one of the cheapest foods you can get.

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David Chang Cooked Ramen on Jimmy Fallon

I don’t ever watch Jimmy Fallon’s show, although he is hilarious. Over the holidays, a relative asked if I had seen the ramen chef, David Chang, on his show, and I was surprised to hear that I missed it. Anyway, for anyone else who missed it, here it is.

Also, here’s a bit about David Chang from another bio article on him:

But to those who worship the steamed pork buns at his Momofuku Noodle Bar or the rotisserie duck at Momofuku Ssam Bar, or compete in the fiendish online lottery for one of 12 seats at the high-end Momofuku Ko, Chang’s a culinary deity: At 34, he has already won a slew of awards and two Michelin stars, been called a cultural demigod and been compared to the top chefs of the world.

Breakfast Ramen Scramble

This one sounds really good. I love the flavor of eggs and ramen and often make ramen egg drop soup. The format is different from normal, but well written so I didn’t want to mess with it.

Boil 2 packets of Ramen (your favorite flavor) in a larger amount of water than you;d use for soup, more like making pasta. Use the flavor packets in the water if you’d like, or save for a later step. If you save the packets, make sure you salt the water.

Have a nonstick skillet on hand large enough to hold both packets of cooked Ramen.

While the water is boiling, beat 2 eggs in a small bowl and take 3 or 4 teaspoons of the cooking water and slowly beat them into the eggs.

In another bowl or glass mix together some spices you like. I usually go Italian and use salt, pepper, parsely, basil, oregano, and garlic powder. If you like Indian feel free to use curry powder. Mediteranian use corriender, and turmeic. You could also use one or two of the flavor packets if you’d like.

Once the Ramen are cooked (usually about a 3 minute boil) drain well.

Coat the bottom of the skillet in a thin layer of olive oil and bring to a med/med high heat. Toss the cooked ramen in the oil to coat, and then stir in the spice mixture from the step above.

Once the spices are incorporated into the noodles slowly pour the egg mixture into the noodles mixing and tossing constantly. The eggs will coat the noodles and make a sort of thick sauce as they heat. The starchy water stirred into the eggs will keep them from cooking in too much of a scrambled egg mass.

Serve in a past a bowl and eat, or garnish with scallion, parmesian, baon, whatever you’d like.

Instant Ramen Burns Lead to ER Visits

NPR has a story about the dangers of instant ramen, which can cause serious burns and ER visits.

These soups are dangerous because of the way the cups are designed. The cups are tall, lightweight, and have an unstable base that makes them tip over easily. At Garner’s unit, the most common cases are small children, often toddlers, accidentally tipping the cup over on to themselves.

“It pulls down on top of them,” Garner says. “The hot liquid then burns their chest, arms, torso, sometimes their privates, occasionally their legs.” He says there’s no other injury that he sees as regularly that can be so directly attributed to a product’s design, and calls these soups “uniquely troublesome.”

Anytime you have a cup of boiling hot water it’s going to be dangerous, so I want to know what kind of moron gives this to a toddler. When I make noodles for my kid, I drain them first and I’d advise you all to do the same.

What else is interesting in this article that it links to a NIH study about this and about how manufacturers can reduce the risk of the cup tipping over by making the base of the container wider. There’s also an interesting chart of what angles different cups tip over, so if you are going to give these to your kid, you may want to look there.