6 Days of Ramen — Day 3

27 Dec

Am I tired of ramen yet? Nope. Is John? YEP.

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The fake excitement in his eyes. The gritting teeth. But he still sets out on my journey each afternoon, navigating us both with our trusty map.

I think this is one of my favorite things about John. He humors me. I’m crazy, I’m silly, I’m emotional. When I’m happy, I am so happy I’m like a child. When I’m angry I completely lose my shit. When I’m sad, my entire world shuts down and I want to give up completely and sleep forever. He knows how to deal with all these people. And if he knows something will make me happy, he does it. Even if his belly is full.

Ramen makes me happy.

I’ve said before that food is very emotional to me. I once watched one of my typical shitty reality shows and heard something I will never be able to shake. This fitness fanatic (I forget the show) sat down with someone that was having trouble with their weight. A mixture of just a terrible diet and a lifestyle that would never accommodate drastic change. I felt for this person because I get it. I know I’m not overweight, but the struggle of food — the thoughts that go through my mind after a day of “bad eating”, the constant worry about appearance. The thoughts of “well, if I have a healthy breakfast I can be bad later on…”, “if I eat this avocado now, I probably won’t crave carbs as much later…” — constant calculations in my mind! It’s like I am organizing my love of eating. It sucks, but I have to plan it out. God dammit.

Anyhow, here is what stuck with me. The fitness fanatic told this woman that food is body fuel. It isn’t supposed to taste good. It isn’t supposed to be a focus in your life. You take in food like car would take in gas. You put in premium gas, and your car will thank you for it. And in return, you’ll have that car running perfectly for as long as it possibly can.

I thought “Wow…”

Fuck. That.

AH I always feel like I always say the same things in these overly dramatic, food lover posts. So I’ll refrain. But man, I had to share that because I’m so disturbed by those words I heard 3 or 4 years ago.

Just do what makes you happy and what you love. Be smart about it, but not “YEAH BRO BODY FUEL BRO” smart. It’s that silly word that means so much: moderation.

This coming from the person who is eating ramen every fucking day for a week but hey, I never promised to be wise.

SO…..ramen day 3! I know I said we were heading to Harajuku but we actually figured out that the place we loved so much, years ago, is actually the same restaurant we ate at on the first day of ramen, Kyushu Jangara! KYUSHU JANGARA IS A CHAIN CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? My heart hurt a bit upon hearing that. I’m going to pretend there are only 2 restaurants….

Kyushu Jangara is now what we use to compare other ramen places to. Yesterday’s ramen, I am proud to say, came damn close.

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Masutani Ramen is actually on the same block as Kyushu Jangara. Do you have any idea how hard it was to walk past Kyushu, to Masutani??? IT WAS HARD.

That’s what she said. 😦

The first thing I noticed about Masutani was that we had no idea if we were at Masutani. It’s on the street level of a 2-story building, but the outdoor photos and signs of food were mixed in with the restaurant above us. The inside, as usual, was filled with suit-clad businessmen, slurp slurping like they were on a mission to be done as quickly as possible. Which, they actually are doing — if you don’t eat ramen quickly enough, it will become soft and thick and it will seem like a never-ending bowl of ramen paste.

I was most intrigued that Masutani actually gave us more options of what to do with their simple ramen choices than the other places. Or, we just couldn’t understand the other menus which I’m sure is more likely the case. Noodle hardness, spice level, amount of oil. I like.

We started with one of the tiny “nibblies” — BBQ pork with pickles. Which John described as “kimchi pork”. He was right. We LOVED it. This is what I love about good Japanese food, or really any Asian food (that sounds weird, I know just go with it) — you get handed this tiny, unassuming dish and next thing you know, that tiny dish is smacking you in the face with flavor.

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For ramen, I did the highest spice level, with normal noodles (I actually like harder noodles, I dunno why I didn’t get them when I had the chance), and level 2 oily which is a little bit less than VERY OILY. John did the same, except he took it down a notch on the spice.

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Really. I loved it. It was definitely different from our favorite, Kyushu Jangara, which made me happy. It was good to know that I don’t just like one type of ramen at one restaurant. The broth as Masutani wasn’t milky, but the stronger miso and higher level of oil made it taste light and decadent all at once. It was oily but didn’t taste fatty. It was porky but it didn’t taste like pork.

The only downside for me was that they used twice as much noodles in the same size bowl as any other place we’ve been. Great for the budget and belly but I can’t eat that much that quickly and I ended up leaving so much behind.

We decided that if this ramen had less noodles, more garlic and pork belly, we would just be in heaven. But alas, Masutani is its own place, and we still loved it.

Just means there are more places for us to love.

See you tomorrow! YEAH BRO BODY FUEL BRO.



23 Responses to “6 Days of Ramen — Day 3”

  1. pdizzle December 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I’d love to hear what you think of Ganko Ramen. I found it…interesting. Nothing at all of what I expected & since I traveled to Tokyo by myself, I had no one to analyze it with. Wasn’t sure whether I just experienced culinary genius or if I just guzzled down extremely salty/oily broth cuz I’m a wanna be hipster tourist who lives & breathes by blogs. Have to admit, I was licking my lips for hours after & loved each after-burp, so…


    Love the blog! You fascinate me!!! =)

  2. Bonnie December 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Loving these ramen posts! But now all I want to do is eat ramen. Let’s go eat ramen on Western when you’re in town next? And fuuuuuck that body fuel noise is right.

  3. shellybean99 December 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I had a nutritionist (who was awesome) once who told me that all food had a purpose. Sometimes that purpose is fueling is your body, and sometimes that purpose is pleasure. πŸ™‚ I think ideally you find a balance between the two or foods that do both. (Like guacamole. So good and full of goodness.)

  4. twheetybird December 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Hey Chrissy (and John)

    Chrissy, I am SO happy you are going to husband John! :))

    I identify COMPLETELY with this post! Every single thing… My husband, very much like John, puts up with all my persons! The good, the bad and the emotional! We are high maintenance BUT we give too, that’s why it makes it “easier” (as its not easy at all) to deal with us!

    Anywhooooooooo… Some celebrity once said they don’t like food…hence they don’t battle weight problems… Who doesn’t like food????!!! Must be admitted to the nearest rehab, I say!

    I have the same issue…I LOVE cooking, LOVE food… Up until I was 30 I could shove anything in my mouth and I would not gain an ounce… Then I turned 31…no kidding… And it seemed like all the junk I ate over all the years started manifesting!

    I didn’t care much…because my husband loved the “handles”, he even proposed when I was at my biggest!! So it must have been the “persons” he loved and not my body :)… Anywhoo… I realised though that I wasn’t feeling good about my what was once referred to as “The Body” and decided to start living healthier, losing a considerable amount of weight… BUT it doesn’t mean I battle because I LOVE FOOD, all I do now is I cook for my friends and family, seeing how much they love what I prepare satifies some of what must be my obesession with great looking and great tasting food!

    So, that seems to be working…at least some of the time :))

    Thanks for sharing, and thank you for keeping it REAL and you are probably the ONLY REAL celeb and by gosh I know a reality series with you wouldn’t sell, because its JUST too darn real! A few of us would be addicted and the crazies who follow you of course!! Sadly America and the world loves the fake drama way too much!!!

    Thank you and I know you love John hard!!!

    Love xxx


  5. guest December 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    There are 33 types of ramen! You will never run out. Also try tsukemen if you’re looking for something slightly different. Think slightly thicker cooked noodles, super concentrated pork broth that you dip the noodles in. Squeeze some yuzu on it midway through to change the flavor, and when you’re almost out of the super thick broth they fill it with hot water so you can finish it as a soup.

    • XM December 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      Holy moly. That sounds like three different dishes in one bowl. Why don’t we do this in America?

      • guest December 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

        There are a few places in LA, SF, and NY that do it. Tsujita, forgot the name in SF, and Minca in New York. Ippudo does a seasonal one too.

  6. kalliope84 December 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I think I know the fitness fanatic you’re talking about because I’m pretty sure I heard her say that too. My old trainer used to say something similar as well, and I just struggle to think and eat like that. I love food!
    Anyway, all your ramen posts had me searching for ramen or pho joints around my hometown of San Antonio today! Although we are home to some of the best Tex Mex and Mexican food EVER, it can be hard to find good food from other ethnicities and cultures :/

  7. cmlgfc December 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I just want to say that your blog/tweets get me through my day! I appreciate an honest woman who is not afraid to be herself. Thanks for the entertainment and please keep sharing your adventures. (P.S. I am not as creepy as this comment makes me sound)

  8. melissa December 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I’ve never been more interested in ramen in my life. Good god these pictures are insane. Making your lemon garlic bacon chicken this weekend with gwyneth’s duck fat crispy potatoes. Thoughts on that combo? @lisser2 on precious twitter. πŸ™‚

  9. Cindy December 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Just want you to learn how to make it and make me some!! Do they have a 1 day cooking school you can join πŸ˜‰

  10. madisyn December 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I heard Tamra Barney (RHOC…not that you don’t know who she is) tell Eddy at dinner in one episode that she’s just ‘not into food.’ I can’t get over it. Really used to like that gal….

  11. Ramin December 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Now you activated the Ramen-craving-center of my brain. Fortunately there are plenty of good options in BKK πŸ˜‰

  12. Ali December 28, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    You’re hirarious!! I think I just might heart you! Xoxo thx for the entertainment 😜

  13. Katie December 28, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    For your next place (if you don’t already have all of them in mind)….look up “Mind of a Chef” which is that show w David Chang and Anthony Bourdain….they go to a place called “Rokurinsha” in the main Tokyo Train Station. My brother has also been and said it was incredible. Look it up online! πŸ™‚

  14. Julia December 28, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    First up:
    Thank you for the hilarity (had to check if that was an actual word haha) of your tweets and blog. I love love love seeing new chrissy-posts!!
    Now down to business:
    I was in tokyo this summer and found a grrreat ramen place-ippudo in ebisu-ku. I had a basic ramen with pork belly and i loooved it! Small place and you might have to queue if it’s during peak hours but oh-so worth it.

  15. laura h December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Have you read the Lucky Peach Ramen issue? I’m not a big fan of the rag, but I would think you’d love it! πŸ™‚

  16. loberg roofing December 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    The food in those pictures looks great! For some reason when I read the title of the post I was thinking about basic top ramen and being in college, LOL.

  17. Amy (@mzpinkpanda) December 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    another great ramen post! looks delish, thanks for sharing.

  18. e December 30, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    we eat 3 times a day. why the fuck WOULDN’T you want to make it an enjoyable experience?

    I’d rather live 10 years less and love every meal.

  19. yoswa mardhikai January 4, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    I Love Ramen too

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