I have a dream…that one day I would learn the skills to be a true ramen master.
So when Foo-Foo Tei’s Murakami-san took me back into his kitchen last night, I thought this could be my start! But staying true to his humorous nature, it was just a lesson in boiling water…har har. “Wax on, wax off Keizo-san!”
Luckily, I still got to witness the creation of Foo-Foo Tei’s new-for-2009 version of shoyu ramen. Yup, that’s right I said NEW for 2009! Healthier than the mystical Kokudama, this new shoyu ramen comes packed with flavor due to the addition of one simple ingredient. No, it’s not MSG (how dare you!), but it’s definitely a difference-maker that’s noticeable with every sniff, every slurp, and every chew. What is it, you ask? Sorry…I’ve been sworn to secrecy.
What would happen when a guy with a ramen blog gets together with the owner of a ramen-ya and the owner of a wonton noodle shop over a few late night drinks? Funny you should ask! Aside from sharing “office” laughs, a Foo-Foo Forest Wonton Ramen is what happens…
Imagine that–a Wonton Forest noodle soup using Foo-Foo Tei’s ramen noodle. Is that some awesome fusion or what?!! With a little extra fish oil and a few customary dabs of chili sauce, this wonton ramen would be something I could get used to. Unfortunately, it was just an experiment and not something that will be offered anywhere…at least for now.