When I was 5, my mom took my brother and I to Hakodate (from Tokyo) so we could be one of the first to ride the new 2-story Shinkansen (bullet train). And being a 5 year-old who just cared about Doraemon and Ultra Man at the time, I apparently complained (along with my brother) the entire trip. So instead of eating at a restaurant that served the famous Hakodate squid and crab, we ended up just entering a local ramen-ya and heading home straight after.
In all honesty, I don’t even remember eating ramen that day. For all I know we could have been eating Mame-san’s Hakodate Shio Ramen, but I doubt it. Anyway, enough about me. Mame-san opened in 1969 and his Shio Ramen was so popular that he would sell 400 bowls of ramen a day. And that’s in a ramen-ya with only 11 seats! Amazing! But after three years he regretfully had to close shop in order to manage his family’s noodle company and it wasn’t until 30 years later that the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum had asked Mame-san to recreate and resurrect his famous shio ramen. All I have to say is ありがとうございました!
- Mineral-laced noodles with funori.
- Hakodate Shio Ramen Soup.
I almost tossed these noodles thinking that they were growing mold. Luckily, I read the warning label on the package stating that the green dots were not mold but seaweed! How interesting, I thought! I couldn’t wait to try them.
What a way to end my recent batch of instant ramen. I’m not sure how to follow this up. Hmmm, I guess I’ll have to go to make a visit to the homeland again. Stay tuned for some posts from Japan later this month! Jaane!