After the delicious Tempura-Don, our kind friends took us to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo; basically the emperor's crib. Although we were not lucky enough to go in,but the view from outside was pretty good. The Palace , surrounded by a beautiful garden of trees and a pond.
After walking around the park, we headed to Tokyo tower. The sun soon fell, and the stomach started to rumble. Our friends gave us a few options for dinner, we narrowed it down to two. a) Iron Chef Kenichi's Restaurant or b) this oldish ramen shop called Taishoken which was famous for tsukemen. Ahh... which one to choose? I was and still am a massive Iron Chef fan, and Tsukemen was the dish that made me fall in love with Japanese cooking.
After contemplating, I said , Taishoken! It is!. Tsukemen translated to English means dipping noodles; basically cold noodles served separate from the soup with lots of dipping and slurping action. This place is said to be the place which invented or the origin of Tsukemen. So I had to try it. When I was younger, I didn't have much exposures to Japanese food. Then I met Yoshi, she introduced me to the wonders of Nihon Yori( Japanese cooking). One of the first dish she got me to try was Tsukemen. Coming from Malaysia, we hardly had cold food... most Malaysian food are served hot; It took a little convincing to get me to try it at first, but now; I have no regrets.
Its been a while since I had Taishoken's Tsukemen. Every other ramen I have had since has not been good enough. It seems rather selfish, talking about indulging in food, when many in Japan do not have much. But this post is a tribute to the people of Japan and a testament to their will power , resilience and dedication to everything that they do including their food
The terrible earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan of recent is the worst I've seen in my lifetime. I pray to never see anything like this again. Japan has been strong , and I hope they will recover.
If you have a spare dollar : RED CROSS
If you don't : Pray For Japan