Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Oops!...

I just realized that I've overlooked the obvious with my Tampopo dinner: The movie is all about a quest for the perfect bowl of ramen, and I haven't included a single noodle dish in my repertoire. Yikes! But that's because I make homemade ramen all the time...at least once or twice a month. I add chicken, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, ginger root, soy sauce, sesame oil and water or chicken broth to packaged ramen noodles, par-boiled and stir fried with the extra ingredients. Y-U-M!

So I'm not especially inspired to make ramen for this particular dinner. I'm much more focused on trying some new dishes. And besides, there's so much more food-related humor in the film than just the ramen, that I think just about anything goes...