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Ramen: How to eat it? What's with the spoon?

shiru= soup, shiro= white ... maybe if they're using white miso (but this might be a stretch)

Jul 13, 2007
asodat in General Topics

Ramen: How to eat it? What's with the spoon?

Hey, sorry for the delay: I've been disconnected from the world for a while.
I've tried it: of the places in the Boston, I think they do the best job with the soup bases. I've had their special salt, soy, and miso and I recall them to be pretty good in relation to the other places in the area, but their noodles were ... limp (I'm sure there's a more technical term to describe noodle/pasta texture, firmness, etc). It just came off tasting heavier than I would've liked it to be.
I still drop by the place when I have that irresistable craving for noodles, but it definitely hasn't become a regular place for me to go.

Jul 13, 2007
asodat in General Topics

Ramen: How to eat it? What's with the spoon?

I'm from Osaka, Japan and I'd say that MeAndroo's reply is the closest to the "best" way to eat ramen. Ramen is meant to be eaten quickly, and by slurping the noodles and using the spoon to drink the soup, you get a good amount of noodles with the flavor of the soup in your mouth at the same time.
Ramen's an informal food, so there's no real etiquette to be observed while you eat it: that's why slurping is ok, even encouraged. Since you're going to be slurping, your head will end up close to the bowl while eating (a lot of people look like they're praying into the bowl), to meet the noodles.
If you're worried about getting splashback on your clothes, you can 1. pick the noodles out of the soup almost entirely, letting them dry for a bit, then 2. grab the tail end with the spoon and 3. slurp the top part of the noodle slowly and "drink" the noodles into your mouth.

I'm envious of your current ramen situation: I'm in Boston now and there's really no real good ramen around these parts...

May 31, 2007
asodat in General Topics

Looking for Gourmet Cakes in Boston Area

It's been a while but I just wanted to thank everyone for their recommendations! We went and got the suggested cake from Cafe Cake, which did not disappoint. We also got an almont rasberry tart from Truly Jurgs. We couldn't make it out to some of the ones further from Boston, but we'll be sure to refer to the post to get more cakes in the future!

Apr 25, 2007
asodat in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Gourmet Cakes in Boston Area

Hello everyone! I'm a long- time browser but a first time poster.

I'm looking for some fancy/ unique cakes for my girlfriend's birthday party. We wanted to get a few 8-12 in cakes so a group of people can pick and choose what they'd like. We've tried finale's: the cakes looked nice but they were a bit boring in taste...

I'm open to any and all suggestions regarding unique cakes. I think we're on the adventurous side when it comes to food...
but to get it started, is there a place anyone here would recommend for Tiramisu, Opera, Chocolate cake, etc?

Thanks!

Feb 15, 2007
asodat in Greater Boston Area