Once again, I had a chance to learn something new about Japan from a student. This time I found out more about ramen. The delicious noodle soup that is so popular among locals. There are five “ramen restaurants” near my house, that’s how popular ramen is in Japan.
スミス英会話 桂 student Hisako prepared for her man-to-man lesson an English presentation: “Ramen from Japan to the world”.
She explained the origins of different types of Japanese noodles like udon and soba. Hisako also talked about the old times when cart vendors started selling hot noodles on streets.
I learned about Momofuku Ando, the creator of the world famous Cup Noodle. How Mr Ando came to the idea of dried noodles and why he later decided to sell them in paper cups.
I was also showed examples of ramen being used in various types of pop culture.
It was an interesting, well prepared presentation and a big effort from Hisako.
She practised extensively her English writing and speaking skills and I learned a lot about one of my favourite dishes. Great lesson for both of us.