What a day! It was a little tough because of the jet lag, but overall it was awesome! FYI, Ivan Ramen will be closed for the next 7 days because he has agreed to attend the big tsukemen fair (Tsukehaku) in Tokyo. For this event he has created an entirely new tsukemen that will most likely leave you scratching your head with excitement. I'll give more details of the tsukemen later this week, but in the meantime here are the details of my first day.
I woke up at 5am due to jet-lag and after a few hours of mindless internet surfing, I headed to the local ward office to apply for my gaijin (foreigner) card. I also bought a stamp, registered it, then opened a bank account at Mizuho. By the time I was finished it was already time for lunch so my sister-in-law and I decided to hit up Ramen Nakamura in Suginami-ku. It is supposedly run by the brother of Taishoken Eifukucho, but don't take my word for it. This ramen was beautifully presented with back-fat and all, but it could have used more depth in its flavor.
After lunch I finally made it over to Ivan's. This is where I am supposed to detail every part of my first day, but sorry I can't. You'll just have to wait.
Oh by the way, I spent half the day poking, peeling, then soaking 600 plus eggs. Yup you heard me right. Ivan is expecting to sell 1,000 bowls of tsukemen per day. Wow!
The roasted tomatoes looked and smelled so good. As I was transferring them to a different casing, I seriously contemplated stuffing my face. They smelled so darn good!
In case you wanted to take Ivan home, you can pick up his instant ramen at Sunkus or Circle K's. It's currently only available in Shio, but the Shoyu flavor is coming soon.
Alright folks, I'm going to sleep now. It's been tough to sit here and write this because I'm just plain exhausted. I have to wake up in 4 hours and start it all over again. I can't wait!!