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  • SHARLA: Hmm.

  • Black ramen.

  • Probably pretty disgusting, but..

  • I say we go for it.

  • CHRIS: Yeah, it's got ramen in it, so...must be good.

  • mmMPH

  • *laughter*

  • CHRIS: Ohmygod.

  • No.

  • Ohh.

  • SHARLA: ...you alright?

  • Hello guys.

  • Welcome back to Journey Across Japan: Never-ending Cycle of Despair.

  • Today though, there is no cycle

  • because we're in Toyama City on our day off, checking out the city.

  • A beautiful laid-back scenic kind of town,

  • surrounded by the majestic Japanese Alps.

  • And we're about to be joined by our next major guest,

  • who is gonna be joining us from Toyama City all the way to Kyoto.

  • They're a good friend, a fellow YouTuber and above all perhaps,

  • a girl.

  • And apparently they've just arrived on a bullet train from Tokyo,

  • and they're sitting next to some kind of scenic water feature.

  • Let's go and find them.

  • CHRIS: Well, look who it is.

  • It's...

  • CHRIS: Nike...

  • SHARLA: Sweatshirts. CHRIS: What's that?

  • Are you trying to put some sort of product placement in my video that I don't know about?

  • SHARLA: I got sponsored!

  • CHRIS: Yeah.

  • SHARLA: I got sponsored for this trip.

  • CHRIS: Shady...

  • shady businesswoman.

  • Must admit, my favorite thing about Toyama so far,

  • are the incredible spinny chairs.

  • This is the future!

  • Look at that!

  • Spinning spinning spinning spinning.

  • Now I feel sick, oh my god.

  • So Sharla. SHARLA: yes

  • CHRIS: How do you feel?

  • Are you ready for the cycle to Kyoto?

  • SHARLA: I'm ready- I'm pumped!

  • I didn't risk my life on that bloody rollercoaster for nothing,

  • CHRIS: Yeah. SHARLA: I'm looking forward to this.

  • CHRIS: About a month ago, we made a video where Sharla had to go on a rollercoaster.

  • SHARLA: It was absolute hell.

  • *flashback yelling*

  • *various sounds of protest from Sharla*

  • WHAT THE FUCKING- FUCK!

  • *hyperventilation*

  • *loud whimpering*

  • CHRIS: Sharla is actually afraid of rollercoasters,

  • SHARLA: I was fucking terrified! CHRIS: and I said if she faced her fears and went on it,

  • She could come on the cycle.

  • And she did it!

  • So, she's here now!

  • SHARLA: I'm here!

  • CHRIS: It's your first time in Toyama City like me?

  • SHARLA: It is!

  • Yeah, I don't know anything about Toyama.

  • CHRIS: I know nothing.

  • So every single day of the trip,

  • I've been accepting challenges sent in by you guys to do weird or wacky things,

  • but seeing as it's Sharla's first day, I thought I would give today's challenge to her!

  • So with that in mind, Sharla,

  • what have you got planned for us?

  • SHARLA: Okay, so.

  • I've been following the journey so far and...

  • your diet has consisted of predominantly biscuits the entire time.

  • CHRIS: How dare you.

  • SHARLA: So... CHRIS: How dare you!

  • SHARLA: I challenge you to find a proper...

  • Toyama dish.

  • Something that's famous here.

  • CHRIS: Local dish? SHARLA: And I want you...

  • SHARLA: Yeah, a local dish.

  • And I want you to eat it and learn something about it.

  • CHRIS: No biscuits allowed, what is this?

  • SHARLA: No.

  • CHRIS: How dare you.

  • But then again, it is a challenge involving food, so it's something I can rally behind.

  • So, do you know of any local dishes?

  • SHARLA: ...I don't.

  • We're gonna have to look them up.

  • *electronic japanese narration*

  • CHRIS: Wow, Siri worked for once.

  • SHARLA: Erhh.

  • Black ramen.

  • CHRIS: Black ramen?

  • SHARLA: Yeah.

  • Probably pretty disgusting but...

  • I say we go for it.

  • CHRIS: Well- SHARLA: I'm up for it.

  • CHRIS: Yeah, it's got ramen in it, so...must be good.

  • SHARLA: Alright, let's do it. CHRIS: Famous last words.

  • CHRIS: So, this is it.

  • "Burakku" Ramen.

  • SHARLA: Yeah...

  • CHRIS: You could certainly smell it before you get anywhere near it.

  • SHARLA: Down the road.

  • CHRIS: Yeah, down the road.

  • We were like "wow, what's that?"

  • SHARLA: "Ope! Must be around the corner."

  • Yeah, it smells a bit like Marmite, or Vegemite,

  • SHARLA: Yeah, definitely. CHRIS: Or whatever Americans eat...

  • That isn't Marmite.

  • SHARLA: Really strong soy sauce.

  • CHRIS: So, what- how's this work?

  • What's in it?

  • I thought it was squid ink at first,

  • CHRIS: and I was really worried. SHARLA: Right!

  • SHARLA: When I heard "Black Ramen", you assume it's gonna be squid.

  • 'Cause in Japan, whenever something's black, it's made with squid ink.

  • CHRIS: Yeah, like "black burgers" where the bun's black..

  • SHARLA: Black spaghetti, they're always squid ink.

  • No this time it's

  • Good apparently this was developed as a ramen that you're supposed to eat with rice

  • Right, so they made that flavor of the ramen and really strong but the owner has given us a soup

  • That is 50% weaker than Lee the legitimacy. So this is actually

  • weaker and what they normally serve because people don't

  • Really?

  • I mean this already smells like funding punched in the face. Yeah

  • The 100% the real deal so we could try this after oh, holy shit

  • Challenge for you to try the hundred percent

  • Mental soy sauce broth. Let's actually see any good. Let's try just the broth first

  • curious

  • So it's made with three types of soy sauce and a special jacket

  • Wow

  • It's literally like you took a big of salt and dug the entire figure Europe so my taste buds if it's a fire

  • Ignited it's it. I really like it I guess

  • This was a hundred percent this would be the end of my money. I don't know who want to try. The bloody bong is burning

  • Must say I'm not an expert on the positioning of salt receptors

  • Why I will say is mine are certainly in overdrive at the moment. I can already feel the heartburn and the saltiness

  • Oh my god, what's the story? What's the logic behind in? Ramen this this?

  • Salsa, so it was developed right after the war apparently in like 1946 and the guy who made it she would see people eating

  • their ramen with a bento

  • So people would always like pair it with. All right. Yeah

  • So he thought he would develop a ramen that worked. Well with rice

  • But the flavor was strong often that it would be something you'd want to eat with rice

  • So he made the soup in save these drugs, but it would apparently wouldn't wait, right? It's actually loved a lot of sense

  • Yeah, I thought it was some sort of crazy. Ramen. Dr

  • Frankenstein style elation method but no least. There's actually some method to the madness and apparently like

  • Originally, it just got stronger and stronger starving people loved it. But nowadays they can

  • Probably make it weaker. But I think this is just right. I think if it went to the next level it wouldn't work

  • Maybe would be compromised

  • I want to try that suit try the hundreds every lentil soup

  • And wonderfully even use any water just pure soy sauce this is 100% here side it's been fermented for two months, you know two months

  • Good luck

  • Malicious understand soy sauce two months fermented

  • Basically drinking pure soy sauce. That's all there is to it

  • We want to know what this tastes like take a bowl of soy sauce and then just take it in your mouth

  • Pour it in your mouth and that's what that tastes like

  • Get away from me, okay?

  • We need to drink so much more -

  • I just feel the or you just feel like this is too much soul for quite full

  • Even I've barely even it's not even eating out much. Maybe saw the water. I have to drink -

  • it's

  • important

  • I

  • Think if this ramen was a dinosaur, it'd be a heartburn. Asaurus retch

  • Oh being overwhelmed with heart bird right now

  • Price worth it it's worth it

  • How would you rate the black ramen on a scale of one to ten? I'd give it about a

  • Yeah, I'd give this about eight out of ten if I lived in Toyama City, I'd probably this like once every month or two

  • Yeah, the salt content is worrying but the flavor screen is very rich

  • And if you're in Toyama city, you know what you gotta do now and ask him to try some

  • Unless you want your mouth to implode

  • So in the middle of Toyama city now and this is called canary park literally Canal Park and it looks like

  • Something out of the UK looks like a Birmingham or Manchester or something and there's even a guy just playing golf next to Starbucks

  • I don't think you're supposed to play golf or the park and he seems to have stopped down