Hida Takayama Ramen - 2nd Visit!
I got my blood test results back! And surprisingly, nothing's amiss! No abnormalities whatsoever. The swelling subsided after a few days. My doctor still has no clue as to what caused my body to swell. He ruled out sodium induced water retention as a possibility because I've been eating at home for the past few weeks.
So can I go back to being a normal 20 year old, university student now? Not quite. I still have to avoid gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, nuts, food additives and raw vegetables/fruit in order to keep my allergies/eczema at bay. Food additives are permissible on the days that I eat out (given that it's pretty much unavoidable.) But no SOY! You know what that means? No more soy sauce!! My allergies are stripping me of my asian-ness...
Well, it's technically already a "thing," but it's not mainstream yet. I've been eating this organic, rice-based, gluten free ramen on the days that I crave "the real thing." http://www.lotusfoods.com/index.php/products/rice-ramen/organic-millet-brown-rice-ramen/ (This link isn't sponsored.) It's available at most health-food/organic grocery stores! It's a good alternative when I don't feel like filling up on rice (which isn't often, I LOVE rice.)
Adhering to a gluten free diet doesn't mean I won't blog about gluten containing foods anymore (I still have a ton of posts left!) And from now on, I'm bringing my mom along on all my food adventures....so she'll be the one eating all the gluten (whilst I have my face buried in a bowl of rice.)
Read my first review of Hida Takayama Ramen here:
This visit is from a few weeks back...hence the soy and gluten containing ramen/gyozas!
Pork Gyozas $4.50
The gyozas were delish! I was quite tempted to order a second plate. The filling was flavourful and moist tasting! The skin was nice and delicate. The charring was even, and I liked how it came with two dipping sauces!
Large Shio Ramen $8.25
+ Extra Chasu
Probably the cheapest ramen in all of Van!! And the most generously portioned. I added 50 cents for the large size, and it was well worth it! I got a ton of noodles! The noodles were nice; al dente and bouncy. The broth wasn't overly greasy but it needed some work (depth-wise.) The cha su, while not quite melt in your mouth, was tender and generously sized.
How can you say no to large, thick, slabs of chasu?!
A refreshing change from the stuffy atmosphere that is Santouka, Kintaro, etc. I'll always adore food courts!