When in Japan: Nissin Cup Noodles Museum

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The person who is not a fan of Nissin Cup Noodles can leave now.  This is about Nissin Cup Noodles and how it was invented and everything else about it.

The museum is located in Yokohama, an hour drive from Tokyo.  We decided to go early as it goes crazy and it might take us longer to finish the whole museum because of the queue.

Upon arrival, I snapped our tickets and went straight to the floor where one can design their own cup noodles, My Cup Noodles Factory!

1) Queue and get your Cup at the Vendo Machine.

2) You will be directed to your table to design your cup.  There will be colorful markers to use and a sample to inspire you.

I am not an artist so don’t judge!

When you are satisfied with your design, you can go to the next step.

3)  Give her your cup.  She will turn it upside down and on top of already fried noodles!  You turn the handle around.  She will catch it.

4) Make your own flavor!  You can choose 4 toppings from 12 ingredients.  You can also choose the flavor of the soup, they have Seafood, Curry, Chili Tomato, and the Original.

I chose the cutest topping of course!  Cutie Chicken!

The flavor doesn’t really matter because I don’t intend to eat my cup noodles.  Here is what my cup looked like inside.

5.) Time to seal.  

Sealing with foil cover.

Pass through the ‘clingy’ machine to seal the plastic.

Voila!

6) Bubble Bubble Bag

Put your cup inside the plastic, fill it with air, and hook with a string to make a bubble bag.

Here I am with my creation and the cutie little chicken!

It was an amazing and fun experience!

Oopsie, that was only 1 attraction of the museum.  There’s more.  

There was a room with a display of over 3000 packages of Instant Ramens from all over the world.  They call it Instant Noodles History Cube. 

The very first Chicken Ramen, circa 1958.

Our very own Lucky Me Pancit Canton is included!

After being in the cube and seeing all these instant ramen, we went straight to the Momofuku Ando Theater where we watched and learned about the person responsible for instant ramen.  He struggled at first but he still persevered.

There was also a makeshift house to show Momofuku’s environment when he was inventing the instant ramen!

There’s also a part of the museum where it’s interactive.

A very nice Cup Noodle Art.  Hanging in there.

If you have time and you could make a sidetrip to Yokohama, make sure to pass by the Nissin Cup Noodles Museum.

The trip was so worth the price of Yen 500.00 or about Php 250.00.  And for an additonal Yen 300.00 or Php 150.00, you could design your own cup noodle at My Cup Noodles Factory.  Such a good deal!

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Ichiran in Japan

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In other countries especially Hong Kong and Japan, citizens are usually inclined to fall in line for hours just to get a taste of that famous or newest resto!

Last week, as tourists in Japan, we also waited for more than an hour in line for Ichiran – a famous ramen place.  

Here we are waiting for our turn, amusing ourselves, in more or less 10 degrees.

The place could seat about 24 people at once.  So imagine 12 of us waiting in line plus the others.

Finally, our turn!  Faced with a vendo and a long line behind us, I pressed our choice of ramen and additional 1/2 boiled salted egg as side dish to complete the set.  Not realizing that 1/2 boiled salted egg meant half boiled and taking it as 1/2 of a whole egg.  Hunger overtaking my thinking brain.

After paying and choosing your set in the vendo, continue to line up.  This time though, you could personalize your choice of ramen.  Thankfully, they have English version.

Here’s my choice.

After completing my paper, I turned it in together with the paid meal tickets from the vendo machine.  One for the set of ramen and one for the additional side dish.

Again, wait.  So near yet so far.  A part of our group already went in.

This is it!  Given my booth number.  #14

In this booth, you have your own water faucet and cups.  You can always order additional what nots if you are not satisfied with your order yet.

Served the eggs.  I immediately ate 1 egg due to hunger.  The egg is so yummy.  Best egg ever!

And then my ramen was served!  Took a picture, shoot my other egg in the bowl and devoured the ramen for less than 30minutes.  

The soup’s rich broth, the melt in your mouth chasyu and of course, my other egg.  Not to mention, the right texture of the noodle, what could I ask for more?

It didn’t fail me.  My expectations were high due to the long line.  Ichiran Tokyo delivered and it’s a memorable dinner altogether.

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Caution Hot!

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Check this new ramen house which you could mix with your choice of hotness!
Sounds hot right?  Check out this spicy restaurant.

They opened in Kapitolyo recently and the place is packed.

Don’t expect a full menu of ramen though.  Mixing and matching is their thing.

Our choices:

1) Beef with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

2) Pork with Wheat Noodles in Asam Laksa.  Level of spice – super hot.

3) Pork with Egg Noodles in Classic Broth.  Level of spice – none.

Our verdict.  The noodles are served fresh.  But the overall taste is just average.  It’s worth the trip if the waiting time is not that long.

What I love is their Dumplings.  They have 2 kinds.  Pork Dumpling and Kuchay Dumpling.  They are both made fresh.  We had about 2 orders of this and before we knew it, dumplings’ all gone!

Would have tried their Dessert Bao Bing if we haven’t been too full.

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Food Trip: Nadai Fujisoba

Went out with some friends last Friday night for chit chat.  Our choice?  Nadai Fujisoba at Lucky Chinatown Mall.  It is very convenient that we have this mall near our workplace.

Nadai Fujisoba is a little bit new and a little bit small for a resto.  It just took some space from the resto beside it.  I love its black and white with some splash of red logo design.

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So here we are on the opposite side of the resto waiting for our food.  They have table set ups in front of the resto.  Just beside The Face Shop.

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4 of us ordered this dish, the famous Katsudon!  It is really delicious.  The meat is so tender and the sauce is all over the rice down the bottom.  The egg is beaten and cooked just right.  All this for Pho 200.00.

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We ordered a bowl of tempura for sharing.  1 piece each.  Enough to tingle our tastebuds.  Hahaha!  Crunchy on the ourside, not too floury.  Very soft on the inside.  I think this is around Php 150.00 – Php 200.00.

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This ramen is Aka Fujisoba.  It is a spicy ramen with beef slices and some seaweeds.

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If you are around the Binondo area, don’t hesitate to drop by Nadai Fujisoba for your quick and affordable Japanese fix!

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Food Trip: Oyasumi Ramen

Impromptu dinner with the girls.  Oyasumi Ramen is not your ordinary ramen house. 

From the outside, it doesn’t even look like a restaurant. It looks like a bar. It has a dark vibe with it. If not for the mirrored name, you will miss this ramen place.

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Once inside, the dark vibe continues.

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There’s a bar where you can actually sit and watch the chefs in action as they prepare your orders.

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The dining area is on the 2nd floor. I like how the unfinished walls give a great accent. Tables with led lights on it supplies brightness, may be too bright for me though.

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Sorry for the unbussed tables.

The name you see outside looks like this from the inside.

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Called for different ramens to complement our tastes.

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I called for the Yokohama Iekei Ramen which is their bestseller. True enough, this ramen could give other ramen houses a run for their money. Rich and really milky, the broth has just the right saltiness. The Char-Siu is so succulent, it almost melts in your mouth.

On the side is an order of Gyoza. A little salty for my tastebuds, what I liked about it is the thinness of the Gyoza wrapper. Pan fried to add crispness to it.

Friend number 1 called for the Black Pepper Ramen which has the same base broth with the Iekei. It’s almost the same except that the ramen is sprinkled with bits and whole black pepper. Friend number 2 ordered Kara Misu Ramen. It is being served on 3 levels of spiciness. Friend number 2 chose Level 1.

All these other ramens are also served with 2 big slices of Torched Char-Siu Pork.

This new ramen place is worth a try. To all my friends who frequent San Juan, go get your ramens now.

Oh and by the way, on the 2nd floor, they have a projector which plays Japanese cartoons. You might be a fan.

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