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Old Mar 20, 12, 12:33 am
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Wingman32
 
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
I am reminded of this movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092048/
I love that movie -- so bizarre and delightfully Japanese .

I think that Ramen is much more "in" in Japan right now. People definitely obsess over Ramen -- and it's many different variations. Udon & Soba are widely available (and there are many places that specialize in it) in Japan. However, ramen places have much more of a cult following.

As to why it's more popular in the US than Soba or Udon? My personal take is that Soba & Udon are much more delicate dishes -- and more difficult to make truly spectacular. IMO average Ramen is tastier than average Udon or Soba. However, excellent soba beats the pants off any bowl of ramen for me in Japan
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