Heading to Odaiba…for Dot Com Ramen!

by Ed Lau on July 30, 2008

Odaiba, Fuji TV, television, station, Tokyo, Japan

Well, no, not really. I had no idea what I would be doing in Odaiba or if I’d even get there. In case you don’t know, Odaiba is a man-made island sort-of place in Japan, home to several touristy resorts, malls, the futuristic looking Fuji Television station and a miniature Statue of Liberty, amongst other things.

Odaiba, Fuji TV, television, station, Tokyo, Japan, Statue of Liberty

Tokyo doesn’t have too many Vietnamese restaurants or at least not in the sense of…well, pho. There are plenty of places that serve spring rolls and lemon grass chicken but c’mon, where’s the pho? I finally managed to find one at the top of Aqua City in Odaiba but by the time I got there (7:30) it was closed. Must’ve been a slow day.

So I decided to check out the Ramen Kokugikan (Ramen…stadium?) instead, which features six different ramen makers from all over Japan. I can’t read any of this so…I just looked for the busiest stand in the place. If you look at the website, I went to the one run by the smiley dude with the glasses second from the bottom.

ramen, Odaiba, Kokugikan

The pork slices were great and the noodles were well done. It was good but not great and not something I’d to again. Maybe if I happen to be there but I wouldn’t venture out in 35 degree weather at 5am to get it like I would for the sushi at Sushi Dai. The word I’m looking for here is…above average.

I decided to do a little Dot Com Ramen video anyways featuring poor (or brilliant…depending on how you look at it) impersonations of my fellow Dot Com Pho crew members…and no, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make fun of Bob once I saw the footage.

in Food and Fine Dining,Travel

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephen July 30, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Actually, you sppofed yourself when you did all that walking around in the beginning. When it’s done right, it’s called Lord of the Rings. When you do it, it’s just boring aimless wandering. Damn it! Stop it!

I think your Michael Kwan looked more like a John Chow. I guess you have to do the side profile.

For Greg, just kick someone in the nuts in slow motion. For Gary, just giggle when you play with your iPhone :lol:


Thrifty July 31, 2008 at 11:30 pm

That plate of food looks very interest. Thanks for a great site your posts are always so interesting.


Bob Buskirk August 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm

great video, the DCP spoof was awesome!


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