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Bukkake Udon + Michelin Ramen in Tokyo, Japan

April 30, 2019

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Ah, I can’t begin to tell you how often restaurant times get the better of us. Back in Canada, I’m not used to shops closing for a couple hours of the day. Once it opens, it’s open till it closes at night. But here in Japan, many shops take lunch hours off. Or are they for dinner prep? Not sure. The point is, situations like this have happened to us often. We’ve gone to many restaurants and realized they’re closed on a random day or a random hour. And then we’d explore the area and find something new. That’s what we did with today’s video, and I’m glad we could share that with you all.

We go to udon shops often. That shop we mentioned in our Rainbow Ladder Support Team video we visit weekly, and the owners know us well by now. That’s something else I didn’t really do too much in Canada, and that’s not Canada’s fault but my own. I didn’t go to places regularly enough to be known as a regular, for them to say “welcome back!” But we’ve changed that here in Japan. I hope we can start going to Daichino Udon in Takadanobaba more often and become known there, because that burdock root crown was perfect! So creative! I’ve never seen burdock root like that in Japan. Mostly, we get it stewed and julienned, and we have that with our breakfast bowls, but that’s about it. Shaving it long and thin, and then battering and frying it, all in a linked crown format is just so impressive for me. And what makes it amazing that it’s not just pretty looking, but great tasting. Ten years ago I never would have thought I’d get so excited about eating a root but here we are.

Ramen Yamaguchi is also very VERRRY good. We didn’t plan on filming that much of it when we went, but I’m glad we kept the footage in the video so that you can hopefully add it to your list. It’s really delicious. Supposedly it uses really high quality duck that I don’t know too much about yet, but duck broth tastes so fulfilling. And the ramen chef pleases me deeply because he looks so grumpy and focused when he cooks. He throws his dumplings into the water very unceremoniously. No ceremony at all. Quite a solid throw, in fact. And his eyebrows are furrowed. We’ve found that the grumpier the ramen place, the better. And this place was bananas.

So that’s it for this week’s video. It’s Martina’s birthday tomorrow! We’re off to see Avengers now. I think we avoided the internet long enough. Hooray for not getting any spoilers! And hooray for extra scenes! Check them out below:

 

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  1. Leaving a comment because the website needs more love! Seriously I’ve been following you for years now and everytime you post a video without a blog post it feels incomplete somehow. So yay for a new blog post!
    I have to say I love both your recent video formats, as well as the more polished ones. You were worried that doing vlogging style would make people bored, but I like seing you change and evolve because as a fan, it feels like we’re sharing a long journey and I never know what to expect and it makes things exciting!
    Restaurants in France also close down in the afternoon, unless they are lunch-time oriented, then they’ll close earlier in the evening and usually do some kind of coffee shop activity. I think we have fairly regular meal hours and it’s a bit uncommon to eat during other times of the day…
    The different types of noodles are fascinating! I’m not overly fond of the udon noodles I’ve had so far, they’re too thick and chewy for me, but then I guess I’ll have to try the real thing one day (I’ve mostly had supermarket or fastfood ones). Same for ramen, it’s hard to find ramen restaurants and the ones I went to felt like they were heavily catered to French palate, so eating it in Japan is an exciting prospect. Though soba is my favourite type of noodles so that makes another thing to try on my list…

    5 months ago