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We Tried $3 Ramen Vs. $79 Ramen To See Which Was Worth It

Itadakimasu! (Translation: Let's Eat)

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Konichiwa! On this episode of Worth It, we traveled all the way to Japan to continue our food adventure. Check it out:

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Different country, but same rules. We tried three different bowls of ramen at three different price points to see which one was the most Worth It.

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Our first stop was RinRin at Kita Senju, Tokyo.

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Here we had bowl of classic ramen and a side of gyoza. The bowl of ramen was ¥330, which was only $3.00.

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We were served a bowl with noodles, broth, soy sauce, green onions, bamboo shoots, and chashu pork.

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These light and simple ingredients were everything we needed to be comforted after a long flight.

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The former owner still made the gyozas at the restaurant for nearly 43 years and, boy, were they delicious.

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An average of 2,00 to 2,500 gyozas are made a day. Ingredients include Chinese chives, cabbage, and ground pork.

Our second location was Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles in Sugamo, Tokyo. It was the first ramen shop in Japan to receive a Michelen star.

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Here we would have a bowl of shoyu soba at ¥900 or $8.00.

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We were served a bowl of soba with a seafood broth, truffle oil, chicken oil, and a soy base. Toppings include Iberica Pork belly from Spain, whey-fed pork from Italy, Kujo green onions from Kyoto, fermented bamboo shoots, and truffle powder.

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It was like a world in a bowl.

Flavors were colliding in our mouthes and we were loving every minute of it. Steven said that he has never even had a more perfect noodle. Andrew said that this was the probably the best value ever on the show.

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Our final location was Genei Tokyo in Roppongi, Tokyo to have the ultimate ramen experience.

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We were about to have a multi-course meal at a cost of ¥8,600 or $77.00. Let's see what was in store!

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We were instructed that we were having the Iberico de Bellota Shabu Shabu course with the main closing course being a Shio-Kaoru (Salt fragrant) Shoyu Ramen.

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Before we were able to enjoy our ramen, we were graced with the Shabu Shabu experience. We cooked the meat in a boiling pot of Japanese broth before eating it all.

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This bowl of ramen was created with noodles that were made a week in advance. This allowed for an increase in glassiness and an added fragrance to the broth. It was then topped with a special part of the Iberico pork called the "Secreto".

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The ramen was able to take us to another dimension. Steven described it as a massage, an experience that you thoroughly enjoyed and you just don't want it to stop. Andrew wanted more hot noodle soup even though we were in humid weather.

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Who was our Worth It winner? For Andrew and Steven, Tsuta was our winner. For Adam and our guide, Rie, it was RinRin! That's a wrap of our first episode of Worth It, but before you leave we would like to know...

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  1. Who is your Worth It Winner?

    Who is your Worth It Winner?
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    RinRin @ $3.00
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    RinRin @ $3.00
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    Tsuta @ $8.00
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    Tsuta @ $8.00
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    Gengei @ $77.00
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    RinRin @ $3.00
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    Tsuta @ $8.00
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