Japan day 10: Kobe beef

So today we ate Kobe beef. This was on my food bucket list. Check ✔, also done. So how did it taste?

Soft, squishy, a little vain, but sweet beef. *Squish squish* with every chew. It’s like eating the fat part, but not that greasy. From a lot of YouTube videos I heard: “melts in your mouth”. But for me it’s not really melting on your tongue, but just very soft, creamy and squishy. The texture doesn’t really feel meat-like. The taste is really nice combined with on of the three sauces: soy sauce, Himalaya salt and their special miso sauce. But it doesn’t have the biggest beef flavor, more of a subtle beef taste.

The bill? € 210,- per person. Yes, that’s a lot of money. Ate it all. We had a menu set with a beef starter, oxtail soup, salad, 100g Kobe beef, veggies, desserts and an after drink. Is it worth it?

Meh, not really. Other (sous vide) beef is also very good. This is just an eat-experience you can’t create yourself. So if you are a fan of meat, you should have tried this once. Also, the service of the restaurant was excellent. Very attentive and thorough. You also pay for that experience.

We went to Bifteck Kawamura in Kobe, the Sannomiya branch. I might write a more extensive story about the place (or not).

Kobe beef at home?

Can prepare Kobe beef yourself? If you buy the Kobe beef.. I wonder if you can easily buy it if you are not a restaurant. Let’s Google this..

Omg! It’s hard to find Kobe beef outside of Japan. But lately they are exporting cows to Europe. You can buy Kobe beef in the Netherlands according to this list. Larry Olmsted talks about eating Kobe beef outside of Japan, but you have to be careful, it might be not the real deal. It’s an interesting article…

So, would I want to eat it again? No, not really, it’s too expensive. And I prefer the meat texture and beef taste of a sous vide steak. One day, Lazy Penguin will show you how to make it.

Yokohama Ramen Saito ~ Authentic Japanese ramen in Schiedam

The most delicious authentic Japanese ramen in Schiedam? Yes, you read it well. Yokohama Ramen Saito has landed in this small city, next to big brother Rotterdam. Before my visit I was doubtful: “Will this be good ramen?” still remembering the average experiences at some other ramen shop…
BUT, I can conclude: you all need to visit my dear readers! It was so good! Here is the story…

First visit

The restaurant interior looks very simple, it reminds me of a snackbar. Inside the tables are almost all occupied. There is still one table free for us. We have a very good view into the open kitchen. Toshimi Saito is working hard on the dishes. So many big pots in the kitchen.

Toshimi Saitou

Chef working hard

History

Toshimi Saito (42) told me that the gods have send him to Schiedam. He once stayed in Schiedam in an AirBnb, there he fell in love with the small city. He saw the empty store on the corner of Parkweg next to water and windmills and he knew he wanted to start his noodle shop there. Now his adventure has started with Yokohama Ramen Saito.

Toshimi Saito comes from Yokohama. Before coming to Schiedam he has worked in Japan for 10 years at a company which makes noodles the traditional way. There he learned all the different methods of making noodles. From his blog I also learned that he has a noodle machine which he is customizing to perfection.

Noodle machine

Noodle machine. Courtesy of Toshimi Saitou

The menu

The menu has several ramen dishes and side dishes. Toshimi Saito is still experimenting and expanding his menu. On the day we visited (12 July 2017) he offers: pork broth ramen (soy sauce/miso), chicken broth ramen (soy sauce/miso), vegetarian soup and tantan ramen (a bit spicy, chicken, garlic, egg).

It is also possible to customize your ramen the way you like it. You can choose the chew level of the noodles, the amount of sauce and the amount of oil. I found the ramen a bit too oily, so the next time I will choose less oil. Also if you are a big eater, you can order an extra portion of noodles. You can even change the sauce and soup after serving. What an excellence service!

Yokohama Ramen Saito Kanmaku

The food

I ordered the Tonkastu soy sauce ramen, a pork broth. I wanted to experience the most general ramen soup and in my opinion that is the pork broth. Also I wanted no other taste makers than the broth and some soy sauce.

The pork broth soup is very thick and creamy. A bit too much oil for me when slurping the noodles, but afterwards when I drank all the soup (kanmaku), it didn’t feel oily at all. The taste is soft, not too salty, just enough taste. The noodles are a bit wider than I have eaten before, but I like it! You have more bite. The noodles are all freshly made with local ingredients. For example, the flour comes from the windmill across his restaurant.

Yokohama Ramen Saito meel

The pork meat was so thick and soft. Usually you get one piece of pork meat, but since we had to wait for some time we got some extra meat. I loved the burned onion pieces in the soup. There are also some vegetables, but I wish the next time there is also bamboo, because I love bamboo. Good to know: they only use halal chicken.

Price

The price is 9 euro per noodle dish. That is very cheap for the quality you get!
It is also possible to take out, but for now only non-soup items like gyoza, chashu rice and wok dishes. I like the fact that you can give your feedback about the food and other stuff. They keep on improving!

Quoting Lazy Bear:

“This was the best ramen I have ever eaten outside of Asia. I am coming back for more.”

Yes, we will… yes, we will…
[4 Dec 2017, 4.5 month later I have visited Yokohama Ramen Saito 10+ times. After the Japan trip I can conclude: Saito’s ramen is just like the top ramen of Japan, maybe even better… We are so lucky here in the Netherlands ^^ ]

Time for you guys to visit them. Let’s make this the most raging Japanese ramen shop from the Netherlands! 😀

Yokohama Ramen Saito
Parkweg 406, 3119 CV Schiedam
+31 (0)6 4112 9532

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