Ramen Girl

I’ve been ordering food online quite a lot lately. Back home we only resorted to ordering food when we had exhausted all of our options. Usually it would be when we were home late from work and the supermarkets were already closed and we didn’t feel like going to a restaurant for food either. We then opted for the comfort of staying in, changing into our pajamas and waiting for our – often unhealthy – food to arrive. These days, every day feels like we have no option. K is too far away to be able to motivate me to cook. And even when I do, I don’t even feel like eating my own food.

Note to self: find a home cook.

When I was in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago, I made a stop at Hosokawa to check out the new ramen menu (and to get my ramen fix). Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup, consisting of Chinese wheat noodles in a (often) meat-based broth. The broth is flavored with either soy sauce or miso. Toppings usually include slices of pork, dried seaweed, kamaboko and spring onion. The above photo features the tantanmen ramen – a chili infused pork bone broth topped with spinach, onions, ajitsuke egg and minced miso pork – great for winter. The below photo features Hosokawa’s tonkotsu ramen – a creamy pork bone broth topped with spinach, spring onions, ajitsuke egg and slices of pork chasiu. This is by far the most popular ramen and with good reason. To finish off (not that we needed it – those ramen are filling!), we also tried their bento box. The below photo features the tempura bento, with vegetables deep fried in a light batter, a salad of chuka wakame and hijiki, a potato salad, steamed rice and miso soup. It’s a delicious and healthy lunch – what more could you want?

If only ordering online could feature such scrumptious food – I would order it in a heartbeat. For now, I’ll just take satisfaction in drooling over looking at these photos and hoping they will one day consider delivering (to the UK).

Check out my Restaurant Hosokawa post here and my Ginjo Bar post here!

Hosokawa Ramen Girl
Hosokawa Ramen Girl
  • That egg is looking delicioussss 🙂 One thing I look for in a bowl of good ramen is the ajitsuke egg. Funny how it is called differently in different countries!

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    • Oh I love the ajitsuke egg too! Especially if it’s done the right way! How do you call the egg? Thanks for stopping by Viviene!

      • In China its called 溏心蛋 and here we don’t have a specific name for it but just ‘eggwiththegooeymiddle’ Haha!! 🙂

  • Love ramen, I am always on the lookout for the next best ramen in Paris!


    • Haha, me too! I’m actually going to Paris soon – are there any good ramen joints in Paris you recommend? 😀

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    This food looks so amazing, your making me hungry with this post. 🙂


  • Looks delicious! I could eat (vegetarian) ramen every day 🙂 . Would probably not even be so unhealthy, I reckon. A home cook sounds mighty fine. Throw in a cleaning lady and I’d be a super happy camper!

    • Oh I’ve never had a vegetarian ramen before, what’s in it usually? Would love to try that!
      Home cook and cleaning lady – yes, you know what I’m talking about ;P If somebody could take care of both, I’d have all the time in the world for my tv shows 😀

      • Usually they add tofu and/or eggs (omelet), also lots of extra veggies to make up for the lack of meat hi hi. It sounds more boring than it is, though perhaps I’m biased because I enjoy eating veggies and have sort of forgotten what meat tastes like 😉 . Actually, the seasoning is everything, because several months ago I tried making Vietnamese Pho for the first time (hadn’t heard of it before that, such a revelation). Of course it was a vegetarian version and I though it would be so-so (being a first attempt and my not being the best cook in the world). However, it was surprisingly super delicious! My husband, who’s not a vegetarian, totally loved it and we were Pho addicts at once. When we were in Amsterdam a few weeks later, I thought it would be cool for him to taste Pho with meat. We kinda expected it to be much better, but, while he did like it, he preferred my vegetarian version. Stupid thing is, I never documented what I did so I don’t know if I can reproduce it ha ha. Still have to try to make it again when I have more time (normally I’m Mrs. Microwave Dinner *hangs head in shame*). No idea if it will work out as well, so it’s a tad bit suspenseful. Living on the edge, eh?! 😉

        • I agree it’s all in the seasoning and the aroma of the broth. I’m trying a veg version next time I get my ramen fix!
          Pho is actually one of my favorite noodle soups. I love how all Asian countries have a variety of noodle soup but I think I prefer pho best. It is packed with flavor and is filled with different herbs that make it taste so good! I’m not really a cook at home either haha. K always says I only cook when I’m starving and he’s not around (probably right). I do cook a mean fried rice though.. with leftover food haha :p Which restaurant did you try in Amsterdam for the pho?

          • I had to look it up, because we tried it on account of the good reviews. It was the Saigon Café in the Leidsestraat. However, when looking for it, I saw the latest reviews were pretty bad. Don’t know if they have a new owner, but the quality seems to have dropped which is sad 🙁
            Oh well, now I definitely need to make my own 😉 . Team Pho for evah! Your fried rice sounds intriguing, I love fried rice as well!

  • These dishes look amazing! I could live on ramen too… sooo good. Not sure if there are Asian supermarkets around you, but they usually sell refrigerated noodles that are way above the super instant unhealthy kind, as well as soft tofu with sauce packages… they are really good for when you are too tired to cook anything too involved. 🙂


    • Hi Erica, I’ve tried some in Amsterdam but they were never really that good. I have yet to try them at the Asian supermarkets here in London though. There is a bigger Asian community so the supermarkets may have more options. I’ll let you know if they’re any good soon! Thanks for stopping by Erica!

  • Oh I love ramen and totally get what you mean about ordering in. I love ordering in and just snuggling up with a movie and not having to worry about eating nicely or dressing nicely haha!

    Sending love from Sydney!

    I’ve just uploaded my video from the H&M Sydney Flagship store opening featuring Solange Knowles as the guest DJ for the night and would love to hear your thoughts x

    Helen xx

    • Ramen just has something that makes everyone crave for it all day, doesn’t it? The broth, the noodles, the egg, the pork slices – I’m drooling again.
      Thanks for stopping by Helen! I will check out your H&M post later!

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  • I feel you! I feel like that is all I do, order out. In fact over the long weekend I ordered about 3 times, which is so shameful and bad. I wasn’t working but I just felt exhausted from being so busy the last month or so. It’s crazy, I can never find the motivation to cook anymore


    • Haha, I know right Sonia! It’s so much easier to order nowadays and it isn’t that expensive either. Not sure if it’s healthy though in the long run :p Thanks for stopping by Sonia! Have a great weekend!

  • ahhh ramen love!!
    kisses from dubai ♥

    • Hihi, are there any good places in Dubai for ramen? Thanks for stopping by Mahryska! <3

  • Oh wow, I love ramen…this looks so good!


  • I can live eating ramen every day but thats not that healthy right.! I love ordering online too, but who doesn’t.
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    • I know right, if only it was healthier! Thanks for stopping by Dora! <3

  • I looove that tempura bento and ramen! Those are my go-to food, since I live in Asia, they’re everywhere. And I know what you feel about ordering food! I don’t cook, I’m terrible at it and I usually end up with some injury. But luckily I live with my brother and he’s a culinary student so I just store some food he cooks in the refrigerator. But when it runs out that’s when I turn to ordering online 😀


    • Lucky you! 😀
      That’s what i love about Asia. Wherever I go in Asia, I know I’m going to have lots of great food. I always come back packing a little bit of extra weight after Asia haha!
      Thanks for stopping by Alyssa and hope you have a great weekend!

  • I love ramen! Who doesn’t? 😛 I’m so glad I live in a city with at least one good ramen place. 🙂

    <3 Trou

    • I know right, anyone who doesn’t love ramen is crazy! I still have to find my way in London – looking forward to trying out some good ramen places here!
      Thanks for stopping by Trou!

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    Okay. I’m literally drooling now! I LOVE ramen!! x


    • Haha, great, mission accomplished!
      Thanks for stopping by Violette! <3

  • Though I’m a mother and a wife I’m lazy to cook most of the time as well. It’s not my thing since I love to enjoy those life pleasures outside. 😉 Hosokawa is totally my cup of tea!! Yummy and healthy food. 2 home cooks please! Hehe!
    Have a wonderful day, Igrien!

    xoxo Ira

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