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  • - Here we are.

  • For the last three episodes of season three,

  • we're here doing Worth It Japan.

  • We've brought our friend, colleague, cultural guide

  • translator, tasty producer, Rie McClenny.

  • - Hi.

  • - Three foods, three parts, ramen, coffee, cake.

  • - There's gonna be trains, vending machines, walking,

  • other b roll, eating things that aren't in episodes,

  • sweating, dancing, sweating.

  • - This is is right?

  • Like we've peaked with Worth It.

  • - Well we didn't get to do sushi here.

  • - We can always come back.

  • - We'll already planning our second trip to Japan

  • and we haven't even started our first one,

  • I love it, let's go.

  • - Ramen.

  • - Ramen.

  • - Ramen.

  • - Ramen.

  • - Ha!

  • (laughing)

  • Today we're gonna try three ramens at three drastically

  • different price points to find out which ramen

  • in the most worth it at its price.

  • - Worth It.

  • - Probably the most requested episode ever.

  • Buckle up, we're doing ramen.

  • - I think this is going to be an experience to ramenber.

  • - Okay.

  • (laughing)

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • That's so cheap, how is that possible?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • How much do you eat ramen?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - We're also gonna be having gyoza today.

  • Can we hear about how they're made?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • so he's the expert?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - We've had ramen in America,

  • but in Japan, is there anything that we should know

  • before we eat the ramen?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • (laughing)

  • - First meal in Japan.

  • - I'm ready.

  • - Is there anything we should say before we eat our food?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - One more time?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Kind of like thank you for this meal.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - [Both] Whoa.

  • - Oh I'm so happy.

  • Airplane Steven, go away.

  • - Japan Steven awaken.

  • Oh man, attack the bowl.

  • - You know what I love about noodles?

  • They're like French fries,

  • you can't just eat one french fry.

  • - Yes, there are two kinds of people

  • people who do the single fry

  • or people who do the claw fry and ramen is a mandatory

  • claw food.

  • I need some pork.

  • - Pork belly in ramen?

  • Oh.

  • Pork belly is like if bacon had bacon.

  • How did you start working here?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Did you get that motorcycle?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - And you got that selling 300 yen ramen.

  • So how many ramen do you have to sell

  • to buy a motorcycle?

  • (laughing)

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - What sauce should we use?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Oh, more more more, oh, for Rie and Adam,

  • for Matt and Yu also.

  • Let's eat some gyoza.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Oh my God

  • is that a high five?

  • - So many things happening in your mouth.

  • - Yeah, it's seared on one side

  • and completely soft on another.

  • It goes right in the mouth.

  • Very delicious.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - You are so quiet.

  • - Rin Rin for the win win.

  • - I don't know what I was expecting for 300 yen

  • but it was like the top bowl of ramen I've had.

  • - What can you get 300 yen, I mean like three dollars

  • in the state.

  • - A taco.

  • - Ready for ramen fact?

  • - One, two, three.

  • - [All] Ramen fact.

  • - Ramen fact.

  • - It's a wave, you have to do it.

  • - I don't have to do it.

  • - Japan is now home to at least 30 different types

  • of regional ramen varieties.

  • - You would have to invest some serious time

  • to experience every ramen.

  • - Hey judge my body roll.

  • I took dance classes.

  • - 2.8 out of 10.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - So many ramen places in Japan,

  • how did you wanna differentiate from other places?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Thank you.

  • - Looks awesome.

  • - This is incredible.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Enjoying the broth first.

  • - Does that show you ramen.

  • Oh.

  • - Yeah?

  • - Excuse me, once again.

  • - It's very very good, but you knew that, right?

  • - Okay tell me what it tastes like.

  • Give me two words.

  • - Primordial soup.

  • Flavors colliding in space until life is born,

  • that's what this soup is.

  • - Can I tell you my favorite part of this soup

  • are the noodles and how perfect they are for slurping,

  • chewing, containing the truffle flavor,

  • like I've never had a more perfect noodle.

  • - I'm gonna have a little bit of pork.

  • - Whoa, the pork.

  • - Oh my god the fat on that is unbelievable.

  • There's something so comforting about a bowl

  • of soup and noodles, you know, just like,

  • a warm hug.

  • - This is what the ramen is like,

  • eating a bowl of ramen is like me doing this to you.

  • - It's nothing like that.

  • - Truffle is a very strong flavor.

  • Soy sauce, a very strong flavor.

  • To be able to take all of these power houses

  • and have them get along is not easy.

  • - The best part is that you just get to steam your face

  • over it the whole time.

  • I think my face is gonna taste pretty good

  • after this meal.

  • - And the soup is gone.

  • - Boss is the boss of them all, just like me.

  • I wonder if I was supposed to shake it.

  • I'm gonna ask Rie.

  • Was I supposed to shake this.

  • - [Rie] I don't think so, oh yeah.

  • - I was?

  • - [Rie] Yeah.

  • (beeping)

  • - Oh my goodness, it's chunky, cheers.

  • - That's nice.

  • - It's like drinking a cake.

  • - Ramen fact.

  • - Ramen fact.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Ramen actually is believe to originate from China.

  • - I mean I like knowing when things come from.

  • - I actually don't know where we're going.

  • - We are going to (speaking in a foreign language)

  • they serve a course menu, the main course it's the ramen.

  • - Oh like multicourse menu.

  • - Yeah, it's a three course menu.

  • - Is there truffle?

  • - No truffle.

  • - Gold?

  • - No gold.

  • - Caviar

  • - No, no caviar.

  • - Hey!

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • This is one of my favorite dishes.

  • In Chinese it's saliva chicken, 'cause it makes you salivate

  • - I like that.

  • - Yeah.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • tender.

  • - This counts as chicken salad?

  • I've been eating some bad chicken salad my whole life.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - how?

  • (laughing)

  • sorry.

  • - There's a little playing operation.

  • I do appreciate a course that makes you not eat quickly.

  • - Oh that's so good.

  • - It's like little water balloons of tasty fish

  • oh (beeping) it gets better the deeper you go.

  • You're splashing all over.

  • - I know I'm sorry.

  • - You got juice on my personalized menu.

  • - I'm sorry.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Now this is actually something

  • I was extremely excited for.

  • I thought I would have to actually go to Spain

  • to experience this for the first time.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • oh God.

  • Like that?

  • Oh nice.

  • Oh yeah I'm dialed in.

  • - How do you say wow in Japanese?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Oh that's nice.

  • - That has like the flavor of bacon

  • but the texture of steak.

  • - Are you appetized ?

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Oh very good.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • That's awesome, how many swipes should we do?

  • Until it's starts to curl right?

  • - [Chef] Three times.

  • - The tongue texture is kind of awesome.

  • I did think is it gonna be weird for me

  • to press something else's tongue against my own tongue

  • but no I'm really into it.

  • It's like I'm French kissing my food.

  • - Yes, hotpot is very Lim family Thanksgiving.

  • - I'm just gonna have a piece of the shoulder

  • 'cause it looks awesome.

  • Oh that is nice.

  • - That is like a kiss.

  • Rie.

  • I made one for you.

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • - Hmm the broth is awesome.

  • - Refreshing.

  • Think about that.

  • It's soy sauce and it's refreshing.

  • - Oh they have an awesome texture.

  • It has a lot of chew to it.

  • But it's not the same as just like

  • an aldente spaghetti noodle.

  • - No it snaps really easily.

  • - I'm gonna try the pork.

  • - Okay, okay.

  • Oh there's the chew, oh.

  • - That's awesome

  • there's something about a bowl of ramen

  • that has like a lot of momentum to it as a meal.

  • - They just continuously evolve

  • as you eat more.

  • This is like a massage.

  • When you're getting a massage you're just like oh yeah.

  • - Oh no no no.

  • I'm in the most humid place I've ever been

  • and all I want is more hot noodle stew.

  • - Thank you.

  • - Oh my god just when I thought the progression

  • of comforting hot brothy things couldn't get better,

  • this is like the pinnacle.