Cold ramen 101…

Day 578:

With Martin at the helm, class is in session.

Our new hiyashi ramen recipe has been finalized.

No word on the start date yet, but look out for it soon.

Okay that’s enough from me. Goodnight!

Technoramen…

Day 577:

I’ve always had love for technology. And if it weren’t for all the surrounding factors that destroyed my love of programming, I may not be where I am today. But I have to read ALL the signs carefully. I have come too far to let anyone destroy this dream. In fact, it cannot be destroyed. For I am the one who controls my own destiny.

With that said, I was in the mood to just sleep all day on my day off, but the president of a game company invited me to go eat ramen with him for lunch in Kanda and I was not going to pass it up. Have I ever told you about my gaming background? Anyway, he recommended Isono (らーめん 神田 磯野), where the soup is made primarily with duck.

The owner is a disciple of Sano-san and the shinasoba roots are immediately noticed.

I got the Isono Ramen with everything on it. It’s definitely a clean soup with no aftertaste and the shrimp wontons are crazy fresh. The two types of chashu (shoulder and belly) are also magnificent.

Now if only we could technologize this ramen…

The surrounding area is filled with famous soba shops that are hundreds of years old. I may have been to this one a decade ago. Right bro?

Anyway, it’s time for bowl number two! After parting ways with the president, I was off to meet Hiroshi in Shinjuku at Gonokamiseisakujo (つけ麺 五ノ神製作所) to try their ebi (shrimp) tsukemen.

A friend of a friend created the noodle recipe here, but he wasn’t working today. And I’m not sure if the dude staring at us was mad that we were taking pictures or if he just wanted to be posing for them.

With the shop smelling like roasted shrimp, it was time to get my slurp on.

Now these are some good looking noodles.

For an extra 50 yen, the cheese toast is highly recommended. Dip that tish!

The shrimp is not overpowering like some of those other shops (*cough..eisuke) and even with its thickness I was able to enjoy it to the end.

Technoramen is amazing…

Relax…

Day 576:

They got your back…

So sit back and start reeling in the slack…

Stay cool like the packaging of this Toyama Black

And never let your dreams slip through the cracks!

Waiting…

Day 575:

“This is not the end, this is not the beginning. Just a voice like a riot rocking every revision, but you listen to the tone and the violent rhythm and though the words sound steady something’s empty within ’em…Waiting for the end to come wishing I had strength to stand, this is not what I had planned. It’s out of my control…Flying at the speed of light, thoughts were spinning in my head…With fists flying up in the air like we’re holding onto something that’s invisible there, ’cause we’re living at the mercy of the pain and the fear. Until we dead it, forget it, let it all disappear…” – Linkin Park

For the first time in over a year, I’ve gone a day in Tokyo without eating a bowl of ramen. And all I ate today was this lousy beef bowl. Something has got to change.