Friday, September 17, 2010

黒部ダムラーメン (Kurobe Dam Green Ramen)



Japan has managed to dam almost every river in the country, in order to provide electricity for it's massive population. One of the side effects of this is countless man-made lakes. Sediments in the ground turn some of these lakes vivid colors, like emerald green or milky white.

The Kurobe dam on the border of Nagano and Toyama has turned green. It's just one of the many natural attractions you can see on the Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route.


Leave it to the management at the Kurobe dam restaurant to create a special ramen that matches the water.


The green noodles are almost inedible. Who knows where they come from, I'm 99% sure they don't make them on site.


The green soup is actually alright though. It's colored and flavored with spinach, and has a nice leafy flavor.

The pork was horrible.

There is also a fried egg on top, which was fine. How can you mess up a fried egg?

I left a bowl of noodles and pork, drained of the last drop of soup, on my table and headed home.

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