Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles [People try ramen for the first time] I have never had ramen before. I didn't know until two days ago that there was such a thing as restaurant ramen. Because I was vegetarian, I never had experience with ramen because it had animal byproducts in it. I'm expecting, you know, slimy noodles and soup that's too salty. I'm hopeful. I'm a little bit nervous. I've had Vietnamese pho. I've had Thai boat noodles. My name is Toshiro Tagami. I am a store manager of LA Artisan Noodle. I am very excited for you guys to try the ramen for the first time. [Ramen was one of Japan's first industrialized foods, with a mechanized noodle-maker used by the late 1910s] [By the 1970s in Japan, some were making ramen to be more artisanal] Here we go ramen. Thank you. I think I smelled seaweed. Yeah. Gross. This doesn't look anything like I was expecting. It looks eclectic. Hardy and eclectic. (slurping) (laughs) I'm splashing all over myself. But it's not a date food. It's a little salty. It's not too salty. It tastes like chicken noodle soup. It's like if gravy was like, mixed with the chicken broth and kinda watered down a little bit. That is really good pork. Pork isn't my favorite thing. There's a slimy thing going on. Juicy, it's salty, it's all the good stuff. I've never seen a brown egg. I don't think I've ever had a whole egg since I was probably a small child. I'm a fan, I'm a fan of the egg. Like, passable. Actually, the aftertaste or whatever it is, it gets a little bit better as you eat it. It's good, it's definitely growing on me. I'm gonna have to order stuff that's not sushi when I go to Japanese places now. Dude, the more I eat it, the better it is. That's so weird. This is like, if you added a Japanese twist to Thanksgiving. Now by the end, especially with that egg, I'm like, I'm a fan. Instant ramen's got nothing on this. This is like, legit. But I'm not a full-blown believer. I feel like I should have been introduced to this a long time ago. College students should not be given the 45 cent plastic, red-wrapped, whatever that is. This is what I want. When it's raining, with a book, I want some ramen.