With Halloween approaching, I was afraid today's ramen would attract some vampires looking for a bloody slurp. Precisely why I went to Foo-Foo Tei during the day...haha.
Today's Tan Tan Men gets it's blood-red color from a thin layer of chili oil concocted by Murakami-san himself. And if you look closely at the bottom left corner of the pic below, you might recognize the faint outline of a hanjuku egg. Being that the egg has a higher density than the chili oil, it absolutely cannot come up for air. The rest of the soup is a blend of three sauces with the most distinct being sesame. Parting the red oil reveals a light brownish colored soup beneath. It's not very spicy, but you will notice a strong sourness that comes from vinegar. Don't worry, the ground pork handles the sourness with dignity--I just wished there was more of it.
A close up look reveals the mass abundance of sesame seeds, along with how the soup and chili oil refuse to bond. Peanuts also add to the nutty flavor.
I found it interesting how the ground pork stuck to the noodles as I slurped. But I still wished there was more of it.
I don't know why, but I felt like eating meat today. I tried to order the Yaki Buta with my ramen because I thought it might taste good dipped in the Tan Tan, but unfortunately they didn't have any. Bummer...
Tomorrow's ramen: Ja-Jang Men
Okay so it's not really ramen, but soupless ramen is popular in Japan these days.