Hello everybody! Welcome to Around the World in 80 Plates! This’ll be a series of entries about restaurants that feature cuisine from around the world. This is an attempt to expand my palate, eating foods I wouldn’t normally have access to, and expand my knowledge of other cultures. While I’m in the midst of graduate school, I may not have the time to backpack around the world, but I can backpack around the city, meet folks, and eat food just the same!
To start, we’re going to Japan, specifically, Ten Ten Ramen in Baltimore.
When I went to Japan in 2007, I was only 15, and I discovered a lot of wonderful food. From green tea ice cream, to okonomiyaki, gyoza, and my personal favorite, inarizushi. One thing I had yet to love and learn, however, was ramen.
We’re all familiar with TopRamen or Maruchan ramen, but my friends, this is just the base. If you have been eating ramen like this,
You’re then directed to the menu, and given a huge amount of choices with all the toppings you could ever desire for ramen.
Luckily, Alesha knew a few of the folks there, and upon their suggestion, I got the spicy tonkontsu, and Alesha got the shoyu ramen. (I also buy Ramune, mango Hi-Chew, and a green tea bun, ’cause I love bread).
So Alesha and I play catch up. Alesha’s finished with school, we’re both facing a winter that’s just getting started, and boys still suck. What else is new? Ramen.
They look great right? This is what watching all of those Miyazaki films was preparing me for! Have you seen that animated food?
|It’s a great movie, I highly recommend it!|
Equipped with chopsticks and a soup ladle, Alesha and I set to work.
Now, lemme explain.
When it comes to eating around the world in 80 plates, I have a simple strategy,
|oh and, Tonkotsu means, “pork bone broth”, so it’s a pork based ramen dish|