Some of you may have noticed a lot of food related entries here lately with most of them involving ramen which is kind of the unofficial national dish here living in the shadows of sushi. For those who still don’t know, ramen originally came from China and is noodle soup consisting of noodles, sauce, broth and toppings which have created endless variations. I can’t really tell the difference but food is an important part of Japanese culture and they can supposedly taste such minimal differences.
With my latest interest in this dish we stopped off in Yokohama on the way back from the previously blogged Kamakura trip. This city on the outskirts of Tokyo played host to the 2002 World Cup final but on the menu for us on Sunday night was a trip to the Ramen museum which isn’t so much a museum as we know it but a food court set in a 1950s style Tokyo serving ramen dishes from different places around Japan.
An entry charge of 300 yen (about £1.50) took us inside where we could see the history of ramen noodles in Japan and some rather dull displays on the noodles, soups, toppings and bowls used as well as how the noodles are made.
Once downstairs from there we started with a very tasty Kyushu ramen dish sampler called Komurasaki and followed it up with Hachiya from Hokkaido before my stomach started doing cartwheels! That however didn’t stop me from picking up some chocolate ramen from the gift shop on the way out which i have just tried. Not as disgusting as it may sound but nothing too special either.