Looking for Tampopo Style Noodle Place
My boyfriend gave me what is now my favorite movie in the entire world- Tampopo- for my birthday. He is perfect, I know.
Anyway, he and I have rhapsodized over where we could get such an experience without buying a plane ticket. We live in Tampa and I would like to plan a special trip with the end goal of Tampopo noodles. It would be really romantic. Sigh.
Is there a place to go within reach?
I loved the movie, which I haven't seen in years, especially the allusions to cowboy-dom throughout the movie. (You might also want to rent "A Taxing Woman," another Japanese charmer.) However, I am not sure what you mean by "Tampopo noodles." I am guessing round, thick white wheat noodles in a beef broth, but maybe I am completely off.
Unfortunately, I can't think of any Japanese restaurant around here whose noodles blow me away (as "Tampopo-standard" noodles must!) I would suggest Lac Viet in Orlando on Colonial Avenue, but that is just an approximation. It is the closest to the noodles from Tampopo which I can think of.
You are going to need a serious Japanese restaurant that is more than a sushi and teppanyaki place. A good sign as to whether it will do a good beef noodle soup is whether it serves red (not white) miso soup and oyako domburi. I find that only superior Japanese restaurants carry these two dishes. My guess is that this will require a trip to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. Good luck!
Actually, the noodles are ramen noodles. But, not that instant stuff. If you have spent any time in Southern Cal especially the South Bay area of the Los Angeles basin or even Orange County you can definitely find Japanese restaurants that serve real ramen.
Okay, as far as finding such food in Tampa? The chances are very remote. Problem is, a lot of Japanese/sushi restaurants are not even owned/run by Japanese people. I can count on two hands the number of Japanese places that are actually owned/run by Japanese. Point being, are you gonna have a cook who knows how to make the real deal ramen.
Having said that, I did a web search for Japanese ramen for Orlando, and I found that Hanamizuki Japanese restaurant offers ramen on their lunch menu. They are located on International Drive.
Hmm, I think I need to do some "field" research myself since last time I had real ramen was about a year ago.
Hope that helps.