On Father’s Day, my host family, my boyfriend, and I celebrated by hanging out together! Around 11am, we made our way to Yokohoma. I was really excited to stop by Yokohoma’s Chinatown for lunch; I have wanted to go there since I heard about it but I never found the time to travel down.
The first thing I noticed was the amount of stalls selling roasted chestnuts. The sellers were quite aggressive, as they handed the packages of chestnuts to children and waited for their parents to pay. We dodged about five stalls before we found “an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet.” I put this in quotations because this store is not a buffet. After bringing us one-third of the dishes we ordered, the rest never came. Nevertheless, we were full, so we just paid and left.
Before walking to the Cup Noodles Museum, we took a picture in front of the gate of Chinatown. The gate reminds me of the gate in Boston’s Chinatown. At the museum, my host family told us that they reserved tickets for us to make the cup noodles and to make the actual noodles! I absolutely loved the interaction in this museum! In previous museums I visited, you simply walked around and read the plaque; never could the visitors actually make a masterpiece with their hands! I have yet to eat the cup noodles I made.
As a family, we waited in line for the empty noodle cups. The line was long but moved unexpectedly fast. After receiving our noodle cups that cost 300 yen, we designed the cups. I drew the cute chicken that is the cup noodle’s mascot, Hiyoko-chan!
After designing the cup, we picked four toppings and one soup base. There were twelve toppings, which include two different types of cheese and Hiyoko-chan naruto! Like I said, these processes are really interactive. We were able to use the machine that put the noodles into the cup! We also saw the machine that wrapped the plastic around the cup.
When the process was done, we put it into clear air bags that showcase our design! We waited for about 10 minutes before we made our way to the noodles cooking lesson. The cooking lesson comes with an introduction to the creation of noodles, as well as a cute chicken bandana and apron. Besides the awesome cooking lesson with a kind, patient chef, I loved how we were able to leave with the cute chicken bandana!
After cooking chicken ramen, the group went to eat dinner at a Mexican restaurant on one of the highest floor of Yokohoma Sky Garden. The view was beautiful, especially since the sun was just setting.
With that, Father’s Day was over! We spent the entire day eating a variety of foods, which is my favorite thing to do.