I love my mother to death, but let me just say this: I really can’t take her anywhere. At least, I can’t take her to any restaurants that require food utensils that differ from a fork, spoon or knife. So, forget about chopsticks.
I will typically have to cower beneath a table as she asks the waiter/ress for a fork to slurp on some ramen or to pick up her sushi. Seriously, it’s cringe-worthy, but it doesn’t matter how many times I teach her, she continues to fumble around with them.
Even for the more weathered folk out there, however, ramen is a little tricky to navigate. How are you supposed to get at the broth? Also, is slurping impolite?
According to Chef Teiichi Sakurai – Dallas-based Japanese food lover, savant and owner of Ten Ramen (so you know he’s got the merits) – slurping is totally expected. As a matter of fact, when it comes to rules concerning ramen, there are no rules.
But there’s a catch: Sakurai does recommend slurping up your noodles in no more than 5 minutes or else the noodles will soak up all the broth. Fascinating.
Considering some of the large bowls of ramen I have received in my lifetime, I can’t say I’ve mastered the speed portion just yet, but as long as you at least learn how to use the utensils correctly, we’ll certainly give you a pass.
Armed with chopsticks in one hand and the spoon in the other, you’ll be well on your way to looking like a pro (and not like a fool).
Take a look at the video below for a video of the Chef himself take you through it step by step, down to the last seasoning ingredients.