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|In this lesson we will talk about the "Top 5 words you should know before going to ramen noodle restaurants”.
|The first topic on the list is about meal tickets. In Japan, they are called (J: shokken).
|Many ramen shops use vending machines for their
|ordering systems. They may look difficult to
|use, but don’t panic. The system itself is very
|First of all, decide what you want to eat from the
|buttons that have different noodle types and
|sizes written on them. Once you are seated,
|just give your ticket to the staff.
|The ticket vending machines are usually set up
|near the entrance. Some machines do not
|accept 5,000 yen or 10,000 yen notes, but you
|can ask the staff to break them.
|The next topic on the list is about extra soup
|stock known as (J: soup-wari).
|This extra soup service is often available when you
|order the dipping noodles called (J:
|Usually, the soup for dipping noodles is much heavier and condensed than ordinary ramen soup.
|So after finishing all your noodles, you can ask for
|extra soup to dilute the original soup and make it less condensed and drinkable as soup.
|The next topic is the larger size option called (J: ō-mori).
|Some ramen and other budget restaurants let you
|upgrade your meal size to a bigger one for free
|or for a few hundred yen.
|Usually, you can choose the size of the meal. The regular size is normally called
|(J: nami-mori) and the slightly bigger one
|comes as (J:chu-mori).
|The biggest one is often called (J: ō-mori). But for
|big eaters, some places offer super big
|portions with special names such as (J:
|toku-mori) and (mega-mori).
|The next topic is about the extra serving
|of noodles you can get for your leftover soup.
|This service is called (J: kae-dama).
|This additional noodle service is said to have been
|started by a ramen restaurant in the Hakata region to help diners enjoy their extra fine noodles,
|which tend to get soggy quickly, until the last
|If you are still hungry when you are done with one
|bowl of ramen, then this is the perfect option.
|Last but not least is the marinated boiled eggs called (J: ajitama) or (J: ni-tamago).
|This flavorful egg is one of the most popular ramen
|toppings and you might find it already served
|with your noodles. If not, you can get it as an
|extra for about a hundred yen.
|If a restaurant uses a meal ticket system, the vending machine often has a button for this seasoned egg so make sure to have a good look.
|That’s all we have for this lesson.
|Ramen comes with a number of different kinds of noodles, soups, and toppings. What is your favorite kind of ramen?
|Leave us a comment and let us know!
|Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next time. Until then, bye!