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2004/07/11 18:39:24 (permalink)

Ramen

No, not the stuff that sells 10 pkgs for a dollar on sale at the supermarket. I'm talking about the real thing-->homemade buckwheat noodles in a miso/meat/soy flavored broth, usually with some kind of meat on top.

Here in SF, it's a favorite of mine and I usually get it at Sapporo-Ya in Japantown (near the Kubuki-8 cineplex) which is open late and therefore a great place for after-midnight (or just after-movie) snacks.

My favorite flavor is pork--thick slices of roasted pork on top of the noodles.

See: http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2731784-sapporo_ya_san_francisco-i
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    joanie41
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    RE: Ramen 2004/07/11 22:25:57 (permalink)
    Back in the mid '80s, when I lived for a year in Hawaii, I used to frequent a chain called Shiro's Saimin. No idea if they are still there, but boy did I love that stuff, preferably with a side of yakitori chicken. Cheap, delicious ramen-type soup that was best followed with Matsumoto's Shave Ice -- YUM!!
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    RE: Ramen 2004/07/11 23:00:53 (permalink)
    Ajisen Noodle House in the Super 88 food court, Packard's Corner, Allston MA: the first US franchise of a popular Japanese chain, and some of the absolute best ramen I've ever had. I like it with the roast pork on top too!
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    RE: Ramen 2004/10/21 00:05:00 (permalink)
    Wow, I didn't realize there was anything besides Ramen brand. I'll have to look in an Oriental market for other brands of noodles. How would I know a good brand?

    carl reitz
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    RE: Ramen 2004/10/21 01:27:36 (permalink)
    When I lived in Asia, ramen was a favorite lunch, and a favorite place to stop off after a night of drinking. Like in Japan. Cha-shu ramen (spelling something like that) with roasted pork loin on top of hot soup noodles was the favorite.

    Here's a hard one. (It can't be done on this web site because of programming code constraints; anyone who knows Japanese language characters would take a while; if you look literally at the characters, you'll understand.) For non-Japanese language speakers, the ramen shops all were known by -- "Let's go get some '5 minus xy'."
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    RE: Ramen 2004/10/21 03:27:02 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by carlton pierre

    Wow, I didn't realize there was anything besides Ramen brand. I'll have to look in an Oriental market for other brands of noodles. How would I know a good brand?

    carl reitz


    I don't think you're going to find a dried version that's any better than what you're familiar with. What we are talking about here is what you would get in a Japanese noodle restaurant, not a dried mix. The two have about as much similarity as packaged dried soups and good home-made soup.
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    RE: Ramen 2004/10/21 03:31:06 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by GordonW

    When I lived in Asia, ramen was a favorite lunch, and a favorite place to stop off after a night of drinking. Like in Japan. Cha-shu ramen (spelling something like that) with roasted pork loin on top of hot soup noodles was the favorite.

    Here's a hard one. (It can't be done on this web site because of programming code constraints; anyone who knows Japanese language characters would take a while; if you look literally at the characters, you'll understand.) For non-Japanese language speakers, the ramen shops all were known by -- "Let's go get some '5 minus xy'."


    Actually, when I lived in Japan I was in the military and, when I travelled off base, noodles and especially ramen (but also various forms of soba) was about all I could afford--at least if I wanted to eat at least 2 meals a day in Japanese places. But it was so good I didn't feel I was missing anything.

    You are correct: cha-shu is what they call the pork variety that's my favorite.
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    RE: Ramen 2006/10/12 12:44:40 (permalink)
    I've found the ramen noodles (the cheap ones) are not so bad at all if you spice them up. I usually stir in an egg while they're boiling, and add onions, garlic, mushroom, a minced hot pepper and Sriracha sauce. It makes for a pretty decent (and cheap) lunch.

    Andrea
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    RE: Ramen 2006/10/12 13:06:38 (permalink)
    As usual, I'm confused. BT describes what I thought of as soba; I thought "ramen" was the pre-cooked noodles in the packet of cheap soup. What am I missing?
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    RE: Ramen 2006/10/13 07:40:33 (permalink)
    I thought it was a staple of life for collage students. Chow Jim
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    RE: Ramen 2006/10/13 08:42:23 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rick F.

    As usual, I'm confused. BT describes what I thought of as soba; I thought "ramen" was the pre-cooked noodles in the packet of cheap soup. What am I missing?


    Nope - there are three primary kinds of Japanese noodles commonly served in a broth: soba are buckwheat noodles; udon are thick wheat noodles, and ramen are a Chinese-style yellow wheat noodle.
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    RE: Ramen 2006/10/13 08:58:58 (permalink)


    I was looking for recommended places to eat while in Hawaii for an upcoming vacation. One place listed is the Like Like Inn. There is a nice picture of their sign at twilight. At the bottom is a mention of 'Saimin'. It seems that it was a dish that I overlooked while serving in the Navy as I focused on teriyaki beef plates.

    I'll be damned if I can remember, but there were some kind of Chinese noodles that were popular while I lived in New Orleans. They had a different name from what is considered available at the Chinese places I knew. I considered it to be something unique to the city. I never ordered it as I could get a great shrimp Po'boy.

    If you have an Asian market in your neighborhood, check 'em out. They have a significant amount of space devoted to types and styles from all nations. Some are packaged as -very- large bowls. I really like how the packages show all this meat and vegetables. If only they were actually in there.

    It is when you go to the local supermarket that it becomes apparent how things are changing. Brands such as Simply Asia and A Taste of Thai have pricey offerings. I think they are too expensive for what they are. You still add hot water and wait for a container of pasty noodles.
    They'll never get a Pad Thai to work though there are some offerings.

    mark
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    RE: Ramen 2006/11/02 14:07:25 (permalink)
    I take the crap in a package and throw away their flavor mix. Add white miso, chives and a few onions slices before adding the noodles and you will be happy. In Japan they have stand up noodle bars in the train stations...the noodles are barely minutes old when they are cooked...maybe four dollars for a bowl as big a barrel. No seats, eat fast, slurp loudly and move along.
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    RE: Ramen 2006/11/02 14:16:55 (permalink)
    I read this page:
    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.worldramen.net/&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=3&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dramen%26start%3D40%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN
    until I am STARVED for ramen, any kind of ramen, however pathetic a compromise it might be for the real thing, and then I go to a Korean market and pick up a bowl of kimchi flavor and make do.

    ...Lord this post is making me hungry.
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    RE: Ramen 2006/12/29 23:06:45 (permalink)
    I used to eat those cheap Ramen noodle soup packages all the time when i was in college. Now that I am much older, yet poor again, I find that the Creamy Chicken one isn't bad. Put in only half the seasoning, add broccoli, mushrooms, fresh black pepper and a couple of shots of Tabasco. Yumm. And as odd as this sounds, it's also good with a can of tuna in it. For my protein kicks
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    RE: Ramen 2007/01/08 01:02:29 (permalink)
    I dont find the cheap stuff to be so bad. I actually like the Chicken and Beef.
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    RE: Ramen 2007/01/08 01:04:47 (permalink)
    I just read that the inventor of the ramen noodle soup died yesterday or the day before. In honor, i had Spicy Beef Ramen Noodle Soup for dinner. rip
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    RE: Ramen 2007/01/09 13:56:53 (permalink)
    The inventor of INSTANT ramen died. Ramen noodles have been around since the 17th century.
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    RE: Ramen 2007/01/10 13:48:48 (permalink)
    I still eat this:

    1 pak ramen (I like Maruchen Ramen Oriental.
    1 small zucchini, 1 small yellow squash sliced 1/2 inch thick rounds.
    sesame oil or sesame seeds.
    hot asian chili oil.
    soy sauce -optional

    Boil sliced zucchini/squash in ramen pak flavored water for 2 minutes. Add noodles and boil up till done.
    DRAIN ALL. Don't save soup water.
    Pour noodles and vegetables into a bowl. Add a few dashes of sesame oil/seeds,chili oil, soy sauce.
    Enjoy.
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    RE: Ramen 2007/01/10 14:16:05 (permalink)
    Try the Indo_me brand... Indonesion style.. Mmmmmmm
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    RE: Ramen 2007/01/10 15:15:20 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

    Ajisen Noodle House in the Super 88 food court, Packard's Corner, Allston MA:


    Must be new since I lived at 1086 Comm Ave.
    I assume that it's in the old Packard factory at the intersection of Comm and Brighton? There was a Packard Super 88 sedan.....
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    RE: Ramen 2007/02/08 01:38:52 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by V960

    The inventor of INSTANT ramen died. Ramen noodles have been around since the 17th century.


    I'll bet the original guy is dead too
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    RE: Ramen 2007/02/08 09:03:13 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Blower

    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    The inventor of INSTANT ramen died. Ramen noodles have been around since the 17th century.


    I'll bet the original guy is dead too


    Skinney Japanese live long time.
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    RE: Ramen 2007/02/08 09:29:14 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Top

    quote:
    Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

    Ajisen Noodle House in the Super 88 food court, Packard's Corner, Allston MA:


    Must be new since I lived at 1086 Comm Ave.
    I assume that it's in the old Packard factory at the intersection of Comm and Brighton? There was a Packard Super 88 sedan.....
    Top


    What I believe was the Packard showroom is condos. Super 88 is on the next block up Brighton Ave. Yes, it is new since they stopped making Packard 88s. I think it opened around 2002. Great supermarket with a terrific multi-asian food court. I miss it a lot since I've moved to the suburbs.

    "The inventor of INSTANT ramen died. Ramen noodles have been around since the 17th century." But with all that MSG, I'm sure he's well-preserved.
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    RE: Ramen 2007/02/08 13:01:36 (permalink)
    ...i tend to order soup dumplings in an asian noodle place because i can't make those at home...buying fresh chinese eggs noodles in my local asian market, and adding them to some kind of stock with veggies/chicken/shrimp thrown in makes a much better meal than the instant stuff with all the preservatives and sodium...(i'm sure noodle shop ramen would kick my own recipe's butt - definately going to have to try it...)
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