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Chocolate Ramen

February 12, 2016

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone! We noticed tons of Valentine’s Day specials around Tokyo, and we can’t partake in all of them, but we definitely couldn’t resist trying the Chocolate Ramen. It’s not done everywhere as far as we know. It’s supposedly done at this one restaurant, Menya Musashi in Shinjuku, so we made the journey out there to see what it’s all about.

And, yes, we know this isn’t really ramen, per se. When we first found out about it and saw pictures, it looked like traditional ramen, with broth and noodles together. The vending machine only offered the Tsukemen version, though, which is when the noodles and broth are separated and you dip the noodles into the broth. It’s supposed to be a different style broth as well, I think. I’m not too sure. I’m still levelling up my ramen eating skills. I’m just going to keep calling this Chocolate Ramen for convenience’s sake, though, since that’s easier to understand for some.

Let me just say, though, that this stuff was AMAZING! I was utterly surprised at how good this stuff was. I was expecting it to be sweet and chocolately yet yummy, but the chocolate wasn’t at the forefront of the taste. The chocolate was the first thing you tasted, but then the rest of your tongue gets coated in the savoury soup stock. Kind of like when you have salt in your chocolate, this is the inverse: chocolate in your salt. And it works, and it’s wonderful.

I will say as well, though, that Martina’s a big sissy for not ordering it herself. See, we came here early, without eating breakfast, so that our tastebuds would be in full effect, but Martina was getting to the hangry point, and she didn’t want to risk having a bad meal. OH YE OF LITTLE FAITH! Don’t you know yet that Japanese specials don’t suck!? Or do they? Every one we’ve tried so far, from McDonald’s Chocolate Fries to Sake Kit Kats were amazing. We’re three for three right now. Oh wait, that Strawberry Curry was horrendous. 3/4. That’s still not bad!

Lastly, I LOVED THE STAFF! I’m not sure what they were saying yet, but the serious male chanting while making amazing noodles excited me like a kid hearing music at an amusement park. I WANT TO GO ON ALL THE RIDES! I WANT TO EAT ALL THE NOODLES!

Anyhow, if you’re in Tokyo you still have time to try the Chocolate Ramen before it’s done! It’s called Menya Musashi. Head over to 7 160 0023, 7 Chome-2-6 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023. We walked from Okubo station and it was pretty straightforward to get to. Go! Don’t ask questions! Just go there!

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  1. I would loveeeeee a recipe for that chocolate ramen! When I first saw the video posted I also thought it would be like.. chocolate and ramen noodles. This is taking chocolate to a whole new level! Makes me think of molé sauce or something like that. Or I’ve used cocoa powder and espresso in a rub for the outside of a roast, things like that. You can actually do more than you think with chocolate in savory cooking! This sounds like it was still a little sweet though, and that really is interesting.

    Thank you for sharing!!

    2 years ago
  2. Sorry for the barrage of comments, I am catching up on your videos. *cries in grad student*
    Thanks for talking in your most recent video about vegany things. After this one, I had a thought. I’ve noticed you using a lot of machines to get / order food. It would be nice to know if they list the ingredients. I think it’d be hard (as a vegan or a person with dietary restrictions/allergies) to not be able to talk to somebody and ask about ingredients if the machine didn’t say so. Thoughts?

    2 years ago
  3. I just want to point out – I don’t like chocolate…and yet this looked absolutely amazing. You guys seem to be having such a blast in Japan and I just saw that you’ve gotten your place so yay!! Things are going so well!

    2 years ago
  4. I think you might have forgotten the not-so-delicious Wasabi KitKats that Amber brought you from Japan xD

    2 years ago
  5. Meg

    LOL Simon’s pants at the end! OMG

    2 years ago
  6. oh boy…you guys keep finding delicious eats in places that are too close to me =X guess i have no excuse, but to go try them all~! XD

    btw, if you guys are in kichijoji on sunday, we should go on a double date ^.~ the boyfriend and i are gonna head over there to check out the hammock cafe and, of course, stuff ourselves with all the good foods!!

    2 years ago
  7. This video made me think of mole sauce. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_sauce

    Mole is wonderful. Have you had mole? Is it like mole?

    2 years ago
    • Oh yeah! Mole! At first I was a little skeptical until you made this comparison. I bet you this is very mole-ish! Mole is very savory with a hint of chocolate.

      2 years ago
    • Mole sauce is life changingly awesome.

      2 years ago
  8. Kudos for being so adventurous. You never cease to amaze us.

    2 years ago
  9. soo-kay-mehn

    2 years ago
  10. Yay, a video to watch with breakfast!… chocolate ramen?

    I’m trusting you guys not to ruin my appetite now-!

    2 years ago
  11. So… you end up switching seats. Why?

    2 years ago
  12. Martina shaming Simon in public for messy eating is my favourite

    2 years ago
  13. Guysss! I can’t watch it ㅠㅠ

    2 years ago
  14. The video isn’t working :(

    2 years ago