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Hiro LOVES ramen. 

He has yet to find a bowlful that satisfies his longing in UK so when we land in Japan - we must find ramen. This love of his favourite noodle often means that every spare few minutes we have will be spent in pursuit of his next fix. 















































Take for instance the time we found ourselves in Yamagata. We were not here for leisure. We were in fact in transit to the next destination, but the 40 minutes between trains translated to Hiro as "plenty of time to find ramen". It's a good job that ramen is not a leisurely food, its served up quick and eaten quick so we were on our way again in a jiffy.

What did I eat? Nothing actually. I got my fill watching the ladies in the kitchen work in perfect synchronicity and then watching Hiro happily slurp down his noodles and smile satisfactorily afterwards.

SEE MORE | Take in more of our sights of Yamagata HERE | See more of our adventures in Japan HERE |


28 comments:

  1. I have a feeling that Dec will be acting the same way when we get to Tokyo haha :')
    xo

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  2. mmmm looks good! my favorite kind is tonkotsu! I just changed my blog name and layout, would be great if you could take a look :)
    www.samanthamariko.com

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  3. Hello SM! My favourite is miso-ramen :) Oh really? Will stop by in a mo!

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  4. He must! You will probably be more like me? xxx

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  5. Ahhh that bowl looks absolutely droolworthy! I'm having some serious noodle cravings right now.

    I'm a sucker for anything noodle based, and preferably with soup. There's a noodle restaurant in the province where my mom is born and I always insist on having lunch there. No other noodle shop or street vendor comes even close to their soup base! I took some pictures on my last visit and am planning to share them in a blogpost soon.

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  6. Yangkyu loves ramen too. Me too but I feel like a wannabe saying I love ramen in the same sentence as Yangkyu loves ramen. But unfortunately we both are not really foodies and don't go searching for really good eats and hole in the walls and such. in NY we had a couple of places we always went for ramen but after moving to the DC area, it's been a struggle. Oh I bet Yangkyu would do anything to eat a good warm bowl of ramen right now! ;)

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  7. We know how you feel, London is not so good for ramen though many will disagree with us. I think Hiro has this idea in his head about ramen and it never seems to me matched here. I am more of an udon girl - I love those squishy noodles.


    In London, we prefer cooking at home than going out because we have been disappointed so many times so we don't go out searching anymore. The good thing about this is that I have become a slighter better cook than I was. ahahaha

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  8. i an udon kinda gal too! we had it for dinner last night :)

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  9. Good ramen is hard to find - I know that without ever having been to Japan! I must say, the bowl in these photos looks just wonderful. I'm eating my lunch as I read this and I admit that the rice and beans in my bowl pale in comparison to those noodles :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  10. Hiro should probably write a Ramen city guides. We need to have more good ramen here, too!

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  11. Best ramen in the UK then...? Or rather London? (it's closer to home ;-))

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  12. AHh My boyfriend and I love us some ramen!! I'm going to Tokyo pretty soon and that's the one thing we want to try. We've tried several places throughout the US but my favorite is Ippudo in NY and Goma Tei here in Hawaii. Can not wait to go to Japan soon! You're so lucky!


    Katherine Lou
    http://www.wanderhour.com

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  13. Basically his Ramen guide will say - GO EAT RAMEN IN JAPAN. haahahahahaha

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  14. That sounds lovely! I love Udon!!! I think it's much more versatile that ramen too?

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  15. Hey Nik. Don't listen to Hiro because he constantly compares ramen here with what he grew up with and loves today in Japan. He finds it hard to justify the cost of ramen in UK against the quality when he thinks of what he can get in Japan. So, he would say - "save your money and go to Japan". But of course if you are not comparing your eats with Japan then you will be fine in a lot of place in UK.


    The brother in law says that Ippudo here in London is really good but no one in our family eats more ramen than Hiro. Hahaha.

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  16. Hello Katherine. Lovely of your to comment! Thank you.


    My bother in law is an Ippudo fan too.


    When you do go to Japan - try to avoid the chains and find an independent back street ramen shop! Those are usually the yummiest.

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  17. I feel so lucky that I am not mad about ramen Cee - have you tried Udon? That is my 1st noodle love!

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  18. I love Ramen, I hope that I will one day be able to go to Japan to taste some "real" ones !

    Charlie xx
    http://charlieleschroniques.blogspot.fr/

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  19. I wish my area had ramen shops, or more variety of Japanese food rather than just sushi but I guess all the more reason to plan another trip back to Japan :)

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  20. I'm no ramen connoisseur so I wouldn't be able to tell what's good - apparently there's some really good ramen places in Sydney but I've never been! Would Hiro say any ramen you can get in Japan is the best or are there certain places to go there to get it?

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  21. You must! Japan is so exciting for a food adventure!

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  22. Actually no - Hiro's had some disappointing ramen in Japan too. I'd wager however, that you are more likely to find good ramen than bad in Japan.

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  23. Cool. Thanks for this. Definitely going to visit Ippudo. It's on the list.

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  24. I wish I could step through that first photo and into Japan again...

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  25. That's so cute :) I love ramen, but i would love to try a proper bowl of it!! xx

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  26. I just had to post a comment because I LOVE RAMEN too! I haven't found an authentic bowl in my area yet. Closest one was in NYC.

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