Ramen is popular among Japanese people but also among foreigners during their trip to Japan. This is definitely on the to-eat-list and with a multitude of flavors and variations, there is something for everyone! Ramen is delicious whatever the time of the day or the season.
But what’s better than one ramen bowl? TWO ramen bowls. And what’s better than two ramen bowls? Having the opportunity to sneak into an authentic and local ramen shop and cook your own ramen with a chef! Let me tell you about this unique experience we joined!
First of all, the ramen basics
Before putting your apron on, the first thing to do is learn about ramen and its basics. Because eating ramen, understanding about it, and making it are 3 different things. Frank, your ramen expert will guide you through a quick history and interesting explanation about this delicious food while the chef will prepare for you to get into the kitchen. But no worries, it won’t take hours (I can hear your stomach rumbling!).
Put your apron on!
After an introduction to the chef and the staff, you’ll be able to enter the kitchen and put yourself in the shoes of a ramen apprentice for a moment! Isn’t that cool?! As you can guess, entering the backstage of a restaurant isn’t something common in Japan. But no stress, the shop will be open just for you and your group at that time, you won’t need to cook for customers!
You’ll help the chef to make your own bowls of ramen, including cooking the noodles and assembling the ingredients! Yes, I said “bowlS” because you’ll have the chance to taste 2 different styles so make sure to come hungry!
This shop is specialized in Miyazaki’s style and even has a special creation you can only eat there: the “Rairaimen” (雷々麺). Get ready to drool.
Sit back, relax and make your belly happy
One of the bowls you’ll try will be a regular chicken broth ramen, including pork meat, spring onions, and thin noodles. Even if you may have tried this type before, it is of course delicious. And because you made it, there is a bit of pride!
The best thing to do first when having ramen is to take your spoon and sip a bit of broth. Then you can dip into the other ingredients, and make sure to enjoy all the flavors!
The second one will be the “rairaimen” I mentioned before, and I can tell it is kind of surprising! Thick noodles, no soup, a bit spicy, it’s an unusual “ankake ramen” that you will need to mix well before eating. It was yummy, comforting, and really unique. Honestly speaking, I am still having dreams of it!
But I think pictures speak a thousand words, so here it is:
This was a great and unique experience and our team will definitely go back there soon to enjoy their delicious noodle dishes! Entering a Ramen restaurant during their closed hours and having the privilege of cooking with the chef was amazing so if you’re a Ramen Lover and you’re planning a trip to Japan, make sure to contact us to book this!
Join us for a Ramen Ultimate Tasting Tour in Tokyo to make your belly happy!