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Ramen Restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

Service:  Busy but friendly and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Very clean overall, excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: superb and generous ramen, gyoza

For all the ramen shops literally brandishing their flags and noren/shop entrance curtains, if not assailing visitors with all kinds of garish photos of their menu placarded outside, some places are so concealed that you wouldn’t find them without an insider’s information!

The full car parking lot is not much of an indication either as the only signs you will see belong to other shops!

Early queues fast forming might be the cue then…
I was lucky that my good friend Aki Suzuki from Yasaitei was on hand, what is with being in an city i still have to learn about…

The entrance is small and does not give much indication as to what is waiting for you inside…

Finally a noren with “Tsubame” written on it hung over an inside door tells you are in the right place! “Tsubame” as the motif suggests means “swallow”! It could become a good joke in English, though!

And a big picture right inside confirms it!

A busy place right from the opening at 6:30 a.m.!

You can either sut at a counter or at a table, although you might not be able to choose if the place is too busy!

Plenty of gentle staff to look after you! Tough work to look after hungry customers from 06:30 to 15:00! Yes, it is not open in the veenings, and that is rare indeed!

A simple but clean place. I did not notice anybody smoking…
The food is served not in cheap plastic bowls, but in real clay bowls!

If you are lucky, you can sit in your own cozy corner! And a lot of customers think so, too!

When you read the menu bear in mind they serve only the red-circled items between 6:30 and 9:00 a.m.! The simple reason is that they are just too busy then!

There is a lot to choose from, including original gyooza, and it certainly deserves a few more visits.
Aki chose a typical ramen dish: “Tsubame Kossari Soba/燕こっさりそば”. It certainly looked delicious. Note that she ordered “Oomori/大盛”, meaning “large size”!

As for me, I asked for “Tsubame Wafuu Tsukemen/燕和風付け麺”, meaning Japanese-style ramen with soup dip.

The ramen (large serving) with their char siu (large serving again!) to be dipped into hot soup before eating.

The hot soup! Very tasty!
I rarely go out to eat ramen, but this definitely a place to go (and again!)

Tsubame/麺屋燕
Shimada Shi, Osakaya Machi, 8770/島田市御坂屋町8770
Tel.: 0547-34-2223
Business hours: AM 6:30~ PM 3:00 (or earlier if stock soup is exhausted)
Closed on Tuesdays and third Wednesday

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Ramen Recipe: Chicken Wings Ramen

Ramen are great, but sometimes one is stuck for variety (new ideas).
Here is a very simple recipe that anyone can succeed at with a minimum of time and ingredients:

Chicken Wings Ramen!

INGREDIENTS: For 3 people

-Chicken wings (te-basaki in Japanese): 4~6
-Japanese sake (or cooking sake): half a tablespoon or more (seasoning)
-Sesame oil: half a tablespoon or more
-salt and pepper: to taste (5~6 pinches each)

-Water: 1000cc/ml

◆Japanese sake: 1 teaspoon
◆Soy sauce: 1=2 teaspoons
◆Salt: one pinch
◆Oyster sauce: 1~3 tablespoons (according to preference)

-Ramen: 3 packs
-Leeks (chopped): according to preference
Rayu/Japanese chili oil (ラー油): according to preference

RECIPE:

Thoroughly sponge off chicken wings of any water/humidity

Pour sake over chicken wings. Make sure they all coated and leave to marinate for 10 minutes.

Fry chicken wings 8as they are with the sake) with sesame oil and salt and pepper. make sure they are well seasoned.

Fry chicken wings until they are nicely coloured as in above picture.

Add all the water. Cover with lid. Bring to boil first. Reduce fire to low and simmer 25~30 minutes.
In a separate bowl mix all ◆-marked ingredients for chicken seasoning.
Prepare water for boiling the ramen.

Add chicken seasoning to chicken.
Boile the ramen.

Place the ramen in each of three bowls.

Top the ramen with an equal amount of chicken wings and their soup.
Sprinkle with rayu oil and top with chopped leeks.

Serve and enjoy at once!

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Ramen: Basic Noodles Recipe

After all the recipes on ramen, my new friend, Tracey, justly pointed out that they were all recipes for broths, accompaniments and seasoning, but that the actual basic recipe to make the noodles was missing!

Here is a basic home-made Japanese recipe, a bit similar to udon. Keep inmind it is not suitable for vegans, vegetarians and wheat flour allergics!

INGREDIENTS: For 5 servings
-All-purpose flour:300 g
-Thin flour: 100 g
-Salt: 8g
-Eggs: 2
-Water: 160 ml

RECIPE:

Mix both flour well in a large enough bowl.
Beat the eggs and mix well with water and pour in the center of the flour

Mix wit a spoon by scooping and “cutting” through until you obtain a fairly homogeneous bunch of lumps.

Knead well with your closed fist and putting your weight behind it until you obtain a homogeneous ball.

Wrap inside cellophane paper, then inside a newspaper sheet.
Like for the udon, press it flat with your foot (left or right does not matter!). Once you have flattened it, take it out (with clean hands), shape it into a ball, wrap it again and repeat the same process for at least 10 minutes (a little longer in winter).

Now, you do not leave the dough inside the fridge!
Keep it wrapped in cellophane paper and leave it between two cushions to rest for at least 30 minutes in summer or two hours in winter.

On a working table, sprinkle a little flour.
Press the dough inside the cellophane paper with your foot to spread it.
Take it out the cellophane paper and roll it thin on your working table.
The dought must be thinned down to between 1 and 2 mm.
Bear in mind these are fresh noodles. If they are too thick they will swell to the szie of udon! The thinner, the better!

Sprinkle both sides of the dough sheet with flour (important! otherwise the noodles will stick to eac other).
Fold the sheet as shown in the pic above and cut noodles within 2 mm thickness.
Once cut, separate the noodles with the tip of your fingers over whatever flour is left on the working table. This will further prevent the noodles from sticking to each other!

Bring to boil a large pan filled with plenty of water.
Drop in the noodles (coated with their flour).
The water will come to boil again and the noodles will rise to the surface of the water.
let them cook for 2~3 minutes. Check if they are cooked properly as you would do for pasta.
Drain the noodles and wash them under clear cold running water.
Drain well and keep aside.

Before serving them, plunge them in hot water for a few seconds and place them in a bowl. Pour the broth over them and here you are!

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Ramen: Tonkotsu Ramen-Professional Recipe

Here is the “professional Recipe for Tonkotsu Ramen as promised!

INGREDIENTS: (will provide 3.5 litres of soup, enough for quite a few servings!

-Pork bones: 5 (2500 g)
-Water: 13 litres

RECIPE:

Bring frozen bones to room temperature in plenty of water.
It should take about 2 hours. If you cook frozen bones directly, the blood will solidify and will be very difficult to get rid of.
If you can get fresh bones, skip this step.

Fill a very large cooking pot with water and bring to boil.

Switch off fire as soon as the water boils. Drop in the bones and let cool. This process will help you get rid of the blood and blood vessels easily.

Leave it to cool down for 30~40 minutes.

Drain the water off the bones in a large strainer.
Throw off the water.
Check and take off any blood or blood vessels for the bones.
Don’t forget to clean the pot!
Break all the bones in two with a hammer.

Fill the pot again with clear water and bring to boil.
Drop the bones inside.

Keep cooking over a strong fire and scoop out foam and unwanted matters coming up on the surface (this should take 20 minutes at the most).
As the bottom might get hooter than near surface, stir with a large ladle from time to time.
If the inside of the pot over the water surface gets clogged with matter or gets dark, switch off fire, clean with a clean cloth and switch fire on again.

Above picture shows the soup after all unwanted matters have stopped coming up.

Cover with a lid and a weight to prevent steam coming out from under the lid. Keep simmering on a low fire.

That’s how it looks after 1 hour.
Keep cooking.

That’s how it looks after 3 hours.

That’s how it looks after 6 hours.

That’s how it looks after 10 hours.

And after 12 hours (start early in the morning!)!

Keep cooking. Remember you are aiming at 3.5 litres of soup.
After 12 hours you may raise the fire to accelerate the cooking.
Keep the lid on!

This is what you are looking for!

This is how the bones will look after 15 hours of cooking!
Cooked at last!

Filter the soup and here you have your tonkotsu base soup ready!
After that it is up to you and your preferences: add miso, tofu, salt, sesame oil, garlic chips and your little secrets!

Now what secret ingredients have I thrown in? LOL

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Ramen: Korean-style Recipe

Not only the Japanese, but koreans also make succulent ramen.
Here is a very simple home-made recipe in Korean style:

Korean-style ramen!

INGREDIENTS: For 1 person?

-Instant Korean ramen with their soup powder: 1 pack (size is up to you! readily available in all Asian markets)
-Water: 500 ml
-Squid: 50 g
-Shrimps: 50 g
-Mushrooms: 30 g
-Fresh beasprouts: 50 g
-Thick short leek: 2
-Salad oil: 1 tablespoon
-Grated garlic: 1 teaspoon
-Oyster sauce: 1 teaspoon
-Salt: a little
-Pepper: a little

RECIPE:

-Cut the squid in 1 cm/5cm pieces. Take shell off shrimps.
In a frypan pour the oil with grated garlic and switch on fire/heat.

-As soon as the garlic aroma comes out add shrimps and squid and fry until shrimp have changed colour. Add mushrooms, beansprouts, oyster sauce, salt and pepper and stir-fry for a short moment.

-In a large pot bring water to boil. Drop ramen, instant Korean powdered soup and other seasoning if included.

-As soon as you are satisfied with the consistency of the ramen add fried squid and shrimps and leeks cut in proper size.

-You prefer to serve in the following way:
First the ramen with their soup.
Second topped with fried squid, shrimps and mushrooms.
Last decorated with cut leeks.

Simple and easy to improve on!

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Ramen with Komatsuna and Minced Meat

All ramen lovers, please check Ramendo’s great Ramen Poll!

Ramen make for excellently balanced meals when properly combined with green vegetables and meat.
Here is a simple recipe combining ramen with minced pork and bee and komatsu leaves:

Ramen with Komatsuna and Minced Meat!

Komatsuna (Brassica rapa var. perviridis or var. komatsuna, コマツナ/小松菜、冬菜、鶯菜) is a type of leaf vegetable. It is a variant of the same species as the common turnip. It is grown in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. It is also known as Japanese Mustard Spinach and can be stir-fried, pickled, boiled and added to soups or used fresh in salads. It is an excellent source of calcium. It is also used for fodder in some Asian countries. The leaves of komatsuna can be eaten at any stage of growth. In a mature plant they are dark green with slender light green stalks, around 30 cm long and 18 cm wide. It is most often grown in the spring and autumn, as it cannot endure extreme heat or cold for more than a short time.

INGREDIENTS: For 2 persons

-Non-fry instant ramen (sold with shoyu/soy sauce taste stock soup powder): 2 packs
-Minced meat (half beef, half pork. Can be replaced with chicken): 180 g
-Komatsuna (or spinach): 1 bouquet (as much as you want, actually!)
-Ginger: 1 fresh piece (2×2 cm)
-Garlic (little smell variety if you can find it): 1 large clove
-Sesame oil: 1 teaspoon
-Chicken Bouillon powder (to taste): 1 cube~ crushed into powder

-Cornstarch: to taste (depends on how thick you like your soup)
-Water: 50 ml

RECIPE:

-Cut the komatsuna/spinach into 2 or 3 easy to eat lengths. Chop the ginger fine. Slice the garlic.

-Mix the cornstarch with a water in small cup (don’t forget to stir it again before using it!)

-Prepare the soup by heating water added with the soup bought together with the instant ramen.

-Boil the ramen in salted water to the consistence of your liking.

-While the ramen are boiling, In a frypan fry the ginger and garlic in sesame oil over a small fire so as to bring out flavour.

-Once the aroma of the fried chopped condiments come out add the minced meat and fry over a medium high fire.

-Once the meat is well cooked, throw in the komatusna, lower stems irst for a few seconds and then all the rest, over a strong fire.

-Add the chicken bouillon powder and mix well.

-Reduce the fire to low. sprinkle over with all the starch mixed with water. Turn the fire to high and stir until the sauce around the meat and veg has thickened to your liking. Switch off fire.

-In a bowl (two bowls for 2 in this case), drop the boiled and drained ramen. Cover with soup and top with fried komatsuna and minced meat.

Simple!

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Ramen: Simple Recipe with Beansprouts, Butter and Miso!

The Basic and Complete Ramen Recipe, I must admit, was complicated and a bit hard for friends to follow, but ramen can also be made simple and tasty.
Here is an example:
Ramen with beansprouts, butter and miso!

INGREDIENTS: For 2 servings

-Beansprouts (“moyashi”/もやし): one pack or a very large handful. Fresh, please!
-Onion: one half
-Bacon: 2 rashers
-Ramen: enough for 2 persons
-Butter: 1 tablespoon
-Miso: to taste

RECIPE:

-While you boil the ramen, cut the onion and bacon into thin slices and fry. Boil some very lightly salted water for the soup (if you have bought the ramen with their soup, add it to the water, although it might become a bit heavy)

After the onion have become translucent and started taking in the bacon juices throw in the beansprouts and butter. Add just enough soup water as to obtain a thick enough soup. Add miso and stir.

In a bowl drop the boiled and drained ramen and top it with the beansprouts, bacon and onion soup!
Easy, isn’t it?

NOTE:
If you wish to make your ramen spicy add spices and chili when you fry the onion and bacon.
Don’t be afraid of using a lot of beansprouts (and other thinly cut veg if you wish)!

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