Experience the Ramen culture at Gokumaru Ramen restaurant (Part 2)
This time, I will share with you what bowls of Ramen at Gokumaru Ramen restaurant have taught me.
Part 1: Introduction about Gokumaru Ramen restaurant. Click here to read.
The messages delivered through a bowl of noodles
Which I receive from Gokumaru Ramen is not only a bowl of noodles and delicious dishes but also…
- The union among people
It is easy to realize that Gokumaru is a resting place for workers after exhausting working hours, tiredness relieving place for officers, a dating place for old spouses, a connecting place for friends with funny conversations and laugh in clanging peals, and a gathering place for families.
It is the feeling of connection among people that I really like in here. Regardless of the fact that they are acquaintances or strangers, they leave all smartphones and hasty lives behind to spend peaceful time chatting together when "slurping" noodles.
- The warmth among people
For the first time I went to Gokumaru, I was extremely curious about the sign "Baby Station" sticking on the entrance door. In fact, this sticker means that the restaurant is a kid-friendly one.
How friendly it is to kids? Let me tell you.
A corner of the restaurant is used to set up things for children such as toys, drawing papers, color pens or even kids’ eating utensil kits (always sterilized) like chopsticks and noodle tongs.
That makes it easier for parents in taking care of their children. They do not need to bring along so many things while their kids still have toys to get entertained with.
Additionally, Gokumaru also has particularly designed chairs for children to avoid the cases when the table is too high for them or unexpected falls since they are too young to sit still. It is interesting, isn’t it? And I do not see such a restaurant with these stuffs very often.
However, what I love best is the special attention and care of staff to families with kids.
I noticed that the restaurant staffs usually give some little toys, candies or weaning foods to kids when they are crying as a way to appreciate and share difficulties with parents when bringing children to public or crowded places. For sure it is not compulsory but it comes from the bottom of their hearts. Despite small actions, I clearly feel the great moving warmth of humanity here.
- The heart of the cooks
Having eaten at the restaurant for a long time helps me discover many new things. To deliver greasy and yummy bowls of noodles to the customers, it take the cooking team a lot of time to stew bones, fry the porks and cook the soup. Only the soup takes them up to 2 days to make. A bowl of noodles is ready for you after 10 minutes but it is the result of the restless effort and dedication of a group of people. It is Japanese cuisine: look simple but full of love.
Not until I talked to the staff did I realize that they really enjoy and fall in love with cooking Ramen.
It’s not only their bread and butter but they cook with all love from the bottom of their hearts and hope that eaters can appreciate the completed flavor of noodles.
I admire how thoughtful they are when they ask their customers for opinions in order to make necessary adjustments to their dishes. I even admire the way they talk about how to cook the ramen, how to prepare ingredients with the intense knowledge and passion rather than a recipe learned by heart.
Fun facts about noodles
We generally call them Ramen but one bowl of Ramen can be made of various kinds of noodles.
Hosomen is the most popular with thin and soft strips of noodles. However, Chubuto seems to be preferred due to the feeling of fullness and deliciousness coming from yellow and thicker ones. Chizire is a kind of crispy noodles whose strips are as curly hair and I find it way too interesting to eat it too!
And if you are a big fan of Ramen, don’t forget that you can always choose the firmness level of the noodles as you like when eating at Gokumaru! Just a little change in the boiling point will create definite differences in flavor. I notice that Japanese men prefer medium noodles while women lean to softer ones.
Visit Gokumaru Ramen
Go to the nearest Gokumaru Ramen restaurant if you have a chance! And you can get more information about Gokumaru branches and contact info on the official website of the restaurant.
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