Today for lunch the Mrs. and I went out for Japanese noodles. She’s a big fan of ramen so while we were wondering aimlessly with empty stomachs and I saw the restaurant I knew it was supposed to be. Well, at least once we got inside…and I saw the menu…because let’s be honest, I didn’t even push the floor on the elevator, it just happened to stop there.
ANYWAY!!! This place had some pretty good noodles. Of course I didn’t get a card so I have no idea what it was called but they were tasty. The point of this story however would be my fascination with the condiments that they provided. They had some of the typical things, chilis, soy sauce, and garlic…but this was no standard overly roasted/fried garlic crumbs stuff. This was grade A raw garlic with a press so you could add super fresh garlic to you noodles at your will.
Perhaps even more impressive than the garlic press, was the sesame seed dispenser. They had toasted sesame seeds in this container. And you could hold it over your bowl, and spin the wheel thingy…aaaaaaannnnd PRESTO!!!
A twist on the magical wheel would send cracked pepper sized toasted sesame seed powder clouds floating onto your ramen. Not only was it super cool but it actually added a great depth to the broth.
Somebody please find one of these things and send it to me asap! I’ll be adding it to everything!
What’s your favorite condiment?