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Hello, and welcome to JapanesePod101.com.
I’m Eric.
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!


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