Yesterday I stopped for lunch at Samurai Noodle, a ramen place near Uwajimaya. I was going to order my usual tonkotsu ramen (pork broth) until I noticed that they’d added miso ramen since my last visit.
Miso is my favorite ramen at my favorite ramen shop, Kintaro in Vancouver, so I went for it. Good move. The miso broth was cloudy, salty, and porky. Floating atop the noodles were corn kernels, bean sprouts, roast pork, and a slice of kamaboko (fish cake). As usual, I took a tour with my chopsticks, nibbling a niblet, a bite of pork, and then the fishcake, which lacked the usual hot pink border.
I took a bite of the fish cake and my teeth sank into it in slow motion, which is when I realized that it was not a fishcake but a pat of butter. The person next to me saw this and laughed.
If you try the miso ramen, do not be like me.