Food For Thought: What is the “Kae-Dama System”?

What is the Kae-Dama System?

When you’re at a ramen restaurant and you ask for Kae-Dama, you’re essentially ordering an extra serving of noodles!

Magnificent, no?

You’ll find this option at ramen spots like Mecha Noodle Bar, Totto Ramen, Ippudo, and others.

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When you order, all you need to do is simply ask for Kae-Dama. As long as it’s on the menu as an option, what they’ll bring back to you is another serving of noodles to enjoy with your remaining soup/broth.

Some people order Kae-Dama once they’ve finished all of their noodles. Others order Kae-Dama off the bat. And some people order it when

At Mecha Noodle Bar, for example, they don’t just have this option with their Ramen dishes. It can also be applied to the Pho items on their menu. For Ramen orders, I’ve also seen people order the Kae-Dama with extra slices of Chashu Pork Belly and Marinated Soft Boiled Egg to replenish everything that came along with their broth. I’ve never seen anyone order an extra side of mushrooms but I’m sure it’s possible!

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At our favorite Ramen shop, Mecha Noodle Bar, they’ve had someone order and complete 11 orders of Kae-Dama and finish it in under 18 minutes. Unbelievable!

Heads up! The Kae-Dama at Mecha Noodle Bar and Ippudo were great experiences. The noodles came out perfectly made, al dente… the perfect texture. The Kae-Dama at Totto Ramen, however, was disappointingly undercooked. I was hoping that the residual heat from my soup could cook them further, but that was a dream that wasn’t going to happen because it had cooled down a lot throughout the first order of noodles that I had eaten.

If you love your noodles, don’t forget about the Kae-Dama option!

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