My craving for ramen last night was so strong.. i couldn't get to sleep..
I laid in bed thinking about my favourite ramen store in Japan.
It's at Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture.
I used to go there with my friend Reiko all the time. Our favourite is the Garlic Ramen and the Spicy Ramen.. The Garlic ramen was so good my breath still smells of it the next morning!
Of course being a true Singaporean, the spicy ramen was never spicy enough for me and Reiko.. who wasn't really a Japanese (i think). I remembered once, Mr. Fuji (the chef) snapped at us when we asked for more chilli. He must have felt insulted and thought that having too much chilli will "cover up" the taste of his noodles.. hehe.
My last dinner at Matsumoto City was Fuji Ramen & It was the first time that i ever had a converstation with Mr. Fuji. I told him I'll be going back to Singapore soon and will not know when i will ever get to eat his ramen again. He was touched and gave us a big serving that day (but the chilli was still not enough) and also served us Gyoza for free. hehehe
Argh.. I badly want a bowl of ramen! Not just any ramen ok.... It has to be Fuji Ramen!!
And then i lthought about Reiko, my ex COWorker, my Partner in crime.
Reiko isn't your typical Japanese. She's loud and vulgar. That's why we're good friends.
We always hung out together... I'd share my chilli sauce with her and she would share her tea with me. (Yes, i had a bottle of chilli sauce at the office hehe)
She would invite me to her place to play with her kids and also to cook tom yum soup and bak kut teh for her hehe.
She was the first woman (besides my mama and my sisters) to see me naked. She brought me to the onsen. She also brought me skiing and to all the good eating places..
She also thought me lots of Japanese bad words..and tricked me into saying some of them to the Japanese Managers! But because i'm not a Japanese, they laughed at me and forgave me.
She's the one who always got us into trouble and i was the one who always got her out of trouble. I had to stop her from talking nonsense to our boss when she had too much sake...
And everytime we had a dept/co. dinner, she would be so drunk and i would have to take care of her. I enjoyed it though- sipping my hot milk at Mister Donut and watching her trying to get all the alcohol out of her system before she is "sober" enough to call her husband to come and fetch her...hehehe
i miss Reiko so much..... :( Unfortunately, i can't get to see her in May/Jun when i'm in Japan.. She's too far away from where i'll be going.. :(