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  • Well good morning guys.

  • Good morning.

  • Second full day here in Osaka (大阪).

  • Yes.

  • And we are still super jet lagged.

  • We woke up at 1 am in the morning.

  • Hahaha.

  • It is now quarter to 5 am.

  • I know it feels like it is later on in the day.

  • It is hilarious that it is only five in the morning.

  • In fact the metro is just opening up now.

  • Yeah, so we are heading out.

  • We found a ramen shop that is open 24 hours a day.

  • Yeah.

  • And we figured this is perfect.

  • We are jet lagged, we need food, let's go eat some ramen noodles (ラーメン).

  • And now we have access to it because of the metro being open.

  • Yes.

  • So we are going to take a little trip there.

  • So we are buying our tickets today.

  • Yes.

  • We are going for a day pass for 800 Yen.

  • I've been using up these little dinky 10 coins and I love that.

  • Yes.

  • Because I hate packing around coins when I don't have to.

  • It is a great way to get rid of your change.

  • It is 800 Yen so it is seven something US dollars and yeah this is a great way to get

  • rid of my change.

  • I still have a 140 to go though.

  • (Beep noises)

  • Alright guys so have made it totonbori (道頓堀) and the place we wanted to go

  • to is packed.

  • It is super tiny and it is kind of like a bar style restaurant where you just sit.

  • Um you sit at the bar and you slurp on your noodles but there is no space so we walked

  • around found another place where we actually have to order from a machine.

  • Yes.

  • Interesting.

  • And that should be fun.

  • So that is what we're going to do.

  • We're just reading the menu that is outside and then we'll place our order.

  • Alright guys so I'm getting number 6 the Ramen with soft-boiled seasoned egg and Sam is going

  • for number 11 the meat filled wonton dumplings Ramen (ラーメン).

  • So here we have our receipts.

  • Alright so Sam is going to give us a quick history of Ramen.

  • Yes.

  • Courtesy of wikipedia.

  • There we go.

  • So ramen is a Japanese dish it consists of Chinese style wheat noodles served in a meat

  • or occasionally fish based broth.

  • Urgh.

  • Often flavoured with soy sauce or miso.

  • And uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed and green onions.

  • Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen from the tonkatsu pork one to bone

  • broth ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido.

  • Alright and so ramen (ラーメン) is the specialty of Japan and we can't wait to try

  • ours.

  • Okay Sam how thrilled area you about this bowl in front of you?

  • Beyond.

  • Beyond.

  • So look at how big this is.

  • Yeah.

  • Check this out guys.

  • Oh my gosh it is huge.

  • And this is just the regular size.

  • Yep.

  • So you can actually upgrade yes and get a bigger one.

  • If you do one and a half times or twice as big.

  • Yeah.

  • And it is not that much more.

  • So if you're super hungry yeah.

  • So let's take a look.

  • We've got spring onions over here.

  • I decided to get mine with dumplings.

  • Yeah.

  • See the dumplings there.

  • They look a big like momos.

  • Yep.

  • The shape.

  • So it looks like there is some cabbage.

  • We also have all of the ramen (ラーメン).

  • Lots of noodles.

  • Lots of noodles.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • Wow.

  • And some pork.

  • So yeah we're all set I'm going to start off with some of the broth.

  • Mmmm.

  • That is tasty.

  • Yeah?

  • Yeah.

  • When you've been waiting for like 4 or 5 hours to have food waking up at 1 in the morning

  • this tastes really good.

  • I'm starving so.

  • Time to grab those chopsticks and that is right actually try the ramen.

  • Let's try the ramen.

  • And I'll try a dumpling too.

  • Oh!

  • Oh look at that.

  • Slurps up.

  • Did you just say slurps up?

  • Like bottoms up.

  • Like surfs up.

  • Hahaha.

  • Mmmm.

  • Oh.

  • These are really nice noodles.

  • Now I'm going to try dumplings if I can pierce them.

  • There we go.

  • Mmmm.

  • These taste like pork dumplings to me.

  • Yeah?

  • Yeah.

  • It is really nice.

  • I love all of the different ingredients that make it up.

  • I mean the soup itself is delicious but then when you add obviously when you have the ramen

  • noodles and when you have the dumplings and you have all of these other ingredients it

  • makes it even better.

  • Let's dig on in.

  • Yes.

  • First of all you've been very patient.

  • An egg.

  • Filming me eat mine.

  • Yes.

  • I just love egg.

  • Oh and I want to cut this open to show you how they cook it to perfection here.

  • Wow.

  • Look at those colours.

  • It is not too soft not too hard.

  • Yeah.

  • It is just right.

  • This is how I love my eggs and it is so hard to get them this way whenever I try making

  • them at home I usually overcook or undercook.

  • It is usually a cooking fail right?

  • So sad.

  • Um but yeah mine also has slices of pork meat.

  • I can see some cabbage around here.

  • Yeah.

  • And of course we have our noodles.

  • So let's just dig right in.

  • Dig right in.

  • Go downtown.

  • Serve these noodles.

  • Oh yeah.

  • And these are very different from the udon noodles that are much thicker.

  • These are Chinese style so they are a lot thinner.

  • Look this is still steaming.

  • Yes.

  • Buckwheat noodles.

  • Oh.

  • I know it is piping hot.

  • Is it good?

  • Mmmm.

  • What do you think?

  • That is good.

  • But they gave us some spice oh and I feel like this could use some spice.

  • Add some added spice to it.

  • Huh?

  • Oh with chopsticks.

  • Okay.

  • There you go.

  • Let's do this.

  • There is some chilli peppers in there for flavour enhancement.

  • Yes.

  • Hahaha.

  • For flavour enhancement.

  • Why not?

  • Why not.

  • Let's mix that in there.

  • Yes.

  • I just like my spice.

  • My food needs to have strong flavours.

  • indeed.

  • Okay try that nice and spicy now.

  • Mmmm.

  • What do you think?

  • Definitely spicier?

  • That is better.

  • That is good.

  • It has a hint of vinegar as well.

  • Oh.

  • Mmmhmm.

  • That is awesome.

  • So a good start.

  • And I think it can probably add soy sauce to it as well.

  • Cool.

  • So very good start.

  • Let's try the egg shall we?

  • Let's try the egg.

  • I'll save this one and let's bite into this magic right here.

  • Magic.

  • I'm not a huge fan of eggs so less magical for me than it is for you.

  • Mmmm.

  • Is that good?

  • It is amazing.

  • That egg looks so good I might even like it.

  • That is saying a lot.

  • No.

  • That is saying a lot.

  • You'll have to share.

  • Hahaha.

  • So now Sam is going to try mine.

  • Yes.We've evoked the sharing is caring rule.

  • Yes.

  • I think you created that one way back when.

  • Hahaha.

  • So yeah we're going to try yours.

  • And first I'm going to try the noodles and the pork here.

  • I have a feeling they are going to taste the same but.

  • I've seasoned mine really well.

  • I ended up adding that spice and then some soy sauce to make it saltier.

  • Spice was a really good idea.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • Actually the soy sauce too.

  • And do you want to try the egg?

  • I know you are normally not a fan.

  • Yeah.

  • But I feel like this is a special occasion.

  • I'll give it a shot.

  • Just a bite.

  • Mmmm.

  • Oh that is good.

  • Yeah?

  • If all eggs tasted like that I think I'd become a fan.

  • Hahaha.

  • But they don't alas.

  • So he won't.

  • Mmmm.

  • And we have kimchi and gyoza.

  • Yeah.

  • To try.

  • Yeah so the kimchi is something that we used to eat a lot in Korea.

  • It is the fermented cabbage.

  • Yep.

  • The fermented spicy cabbage.

  • It is so good.

  • I love it.

  • It is a little bit sour.

  • Love it.

  • Mmmm.

  • It is a nice way to cleanse the palette.

  • Yeah.

  • This one is sweeter than a typical Korean one.

  • Yeah.

  • I'm noticing not as spicy.

  • Mmmm.

  • You like that?

  • Much sweeter.

  • You like that?

  • Yeah.

  • It is good.

  • And gyoza this time.

  • Gyoza these little fried dumplings.

  • Pot stickers.

  • Hahaha.

  • Mmmm.

  • Oh man.

  • Do you like it?

  • Those are just awesome.

  • I could eat those all day long.

  • Yeah.

  • Pan fried.

  • Yep.

  • Alright so let's do this.