RAMEN

Today I want to focus on RAMEN. Yes, it’s really yummy noodle of Japan brought in from China. Ramen was originally born in China, but after it was brought in to Japan, it has changed a lot and the ramen culture is thriving in Japan. Hokkaido is famous for miso ramen. Tokyo is famous for soy sauce ramen. And here in Kyushu, pork bone soup ramen is super popular. And I strongly believe that ramen in Fukuoka Kyushu is the best of best. A bowl of ramen here in Fukuoka Kyushu costs only around 500 yen or 5 dollars. And the competition is very severe. As ramen is a culture deeply loved among men in Fukuoka, most of men in here have their own favorite ramen shops. There are even ramen journalists specialized in ramen. Many men talk deeply about their love for ramen so passionately!

今回は世界的にもファンが多いラーメンについて掘り下げてみたいと思います。博多と言えば豚骨ラーメンで、ここ福岡の地では一杯500円前後のラーメンに粋の極みを求めて、多くのラーメン店が凌ぎを削る歴史が脈々と受け継がれています。ラーメンは博多の男文化で、この地の男達はほぼ皆んなお気に入りのラーメン屋さんを一つか二つは持っています。そしてラーメンのスープの味や麺のコシの具合を体系立てて語る人も少なくありません。ラーメン愛がより濃く深まってゆくと「オレは一生懸命営業中って看板を立てとる店は信用出来ん。」とか「黒いバンダナ巻いて黒いTシャツ着た店員のおる店はどうも好かん。」などとラーメン愛深きゆえの迷言すら出て来たり。博多の男衆のラーメンにかける熱情は豚骨スープよりもコクがあり、尚且つ絶妙なのです。

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The  ramen is ramen with boiled pork toppings. This ramen shop was introduced on TV. It cost 750yen or around 7 dollars. The price is reasonable. If this bowl of ramen costs more than 800 yen, the place would lose many customers as people in Fukuoka know many ramen shops that serve fabulous ramen for really cheap price. The soup was thick and mild, the boiled pork was good, and the noodle was nice and chewy. In Kyushu, ramen shop clerk will ask you whether you like tender noodle or tough and almost crispy noodle.

こちらは女優の桐谷美玲がテレビ番組で紹介していた名島亭のチャーシュー麺。ちょっと食べかけですが、750円。博多ではチャーシュー麺が800円以上ならば、競争が熾烈なので客足は遠退いてしまうのです。このラーメンのお味の方ですが、スープはややアッサリとしていて、麺をバリ固で注文したらバリバリ固くてとても美味でした。

And I’d like to write about instant ramen on the next article.
Hope you enjoy reading! See you guys, sending out good vibrations to the world!

次回はインスタントラーメンについて書いてみたいと思います。お楽しみに!
それでは良き波動とともに、ごきげんよう!

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