Turning Japanese – Episode 5: Ramentation

Article — By on October 15, 2017 7:37 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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In today’s episode, Dark_Sage attempts to create the mythical Japanese dish “ramen”. Translated into English, ramen is “cheap noodles shoved in a bowl with fish juice and a suicidal amount of sodium”.

 

Ramen Time

Like any true weeaboo, I have a collection of ramen stored up in hopes that as I sleep, their mystical energies will constantly rejuvenate my nindo – my ninja way.

Banzai.

Yet sometimes even food must be consumed. Of my glorious options, I decided on the famous “196 kcal” brand. Mostly because it was pretty and pink.

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Still, an impasse awaited. As I do not speak the language of the sakura, I needed to contact my nihongo pal, puddi-san, to get him to translate the cooking instructions for me.

Every fucking time, booms.

After being thoroughly riced by booms, puddi’s reply sparked a glimmer of hope in me, only for his follow-through to thoroughly drench my kokoro (heart) in misery.

puddi-san knew that giving up the secret of his people to a baka gaijin (read: sexy American) would be met with the full fury of Yamata no Orochi-sama, so he let me down as politely as possible.

Yet much like Harvey Weinstein, I’m not one to take no for answer. I realized it was up to me and my powers of deduction to determine what the fuck I was supposed to do with this labyrinthine entree.

Detective_Sage is on the case!

Scouring the ramen package for clues, I determined my first course of action was acquiring fresh ingredients, in keeping with the farm-to-table theme that has made ramen the sensation it is today.

Only problem? As a Minnesotan, no Asian grocers even exist in the state. Recalling my time in Tōkyō fondly, as I am wont to do, I suddenly remembered we had a genuine Japanese establishment dwelling within our cosmopolitan town’s borders.

Flashback to the future.

Once my pilgrimage to the global culinary mecca of McDonald’s was complete, I returned home for the next step in my journey — deciphering the moon runes etched on my bowl of ramen.

A difficult situation, indeed.

Luckily, I had a secret instruction manual to work off of, and strong backtracing skills from my experience with women on 4chan.

For those facing a similar situation, I suppose I can share the steps:

 

Step 1: Drench the ramen in tea.

Americans don’t drink tea, but we do have beer, so I went with that instead.

 

Step 2: Place the ramen in the microwave

 

Step 3: Microwave the ramen for three arrows

Unsure why the ramen was so steadfastly promoting Abenomics, I instead decided to interpret the signs as a metaphor for time and nuked that shit for three minutes.

Three minutes might’ve been a bit long.

 

With the noodles a consistency somewhere between incomplete tapioca and soggy glop, the base of the ramen was completed. Recalling the original words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together“, I then painstakingly created the Mona Lisa of ramen out of my 4-dollar McChicken.

 

I would make a great wife someday.

 

Praying to the legendary Maru-chan, I prepared to eatadakimasu my heart out. And how good was it?

Spoiler:

0/10. Holy fuck, I need to get my stomach pumped. Not even memeing, I am physically ill right now.

 

Dark_Sage has once again failed to become Japanese. His quest continues.



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2 Comments

shcboomer says:

I mean that ramen must have been better than JP McD’s. #getriced

anony says:

Instructions were a bit unclear. Step two is to put the chopsticks in the microwave instead of the ramen, so they’re nice and warm.

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