We take a no-frills approach to a night of drinking.
If you’ve read along for the last week or so, our reporter Sato-san has gone from being a Senbero master to a full-fledged Senbero master. For those who are just coming to us A “senbero” is a Japanese term for a session of drinks and food that is supposed to cost someone under 1,000 yen before taxes.
Sato-san is on a mission to visit all kinds of food and beverage vendors to discover Japan’s best Senbero for the home, and perhaps find your way into intrigue and romance. This time his spiritual journey followed him ABS wholesale center.
As the simple name suggests, this chain dispenses with all unnecessary things such as a memorable name or logo and passes the savings on to the customer. It is known in some circles as the 68 yen store as it sells a variety of items for as little as 68 yen ($ 0.62).
When entering the ABS, Mr. Sato was greeted by boxes of boxes of cheap instant noodles and his mission became clear. He should be having the greatest instant ramen drinking party.
First, to cover up the alcoholic end of things, Sato-san grabbed it one 300 milliliter (10 ounce) bottle of Hakutsuru sake. It was the old-fashioned variety with the small sake cup on top and was only 138 yen ($ 1.25).
Everything was so cheap here that there was still room in his budget for a few snacks before he got down to the soup. First he took a bag for 48 yen ($ 0.44) lightly salted dragon potatoes with the hashtag #GodTexture.
Next he got a pack of kakiage This is a clump of various vegetables and seafood, all of which are fried tempura-style together. He got a double pack for only 119 yen ($ 1.08) which was half price, as the expiry date had already passed.
Speaking of which, this pack Vermicelli salad with small pieces of ground chicken It was also in its prime and a half, so he bought one for just 49 yen ($ 0.45).
Ordinarily, expired chicken and seafood would be a bad time recipe, but we should remind you that Mr. Sato is a trained Senbero master who knows how to spend a long time in toilets.
He’s so experienced at this point that he thought about buying it a pack of pre-cut takuan for 98 yen ($ 0.89).
Followers of Japan’s Best Home Senbero may recall our reporter being thwarted by uncut pickled daikons in the past.
Despite all of these things, Sato-san still had plenty of room to get a bunch of instant noodles. So without further ado, we would like to thank everyone present for yourâ¦ 2021 Senberoâ¦ ALL-STAR NOOOOOOOODLEEEEEES !!!
â¼ Shin salt ramen – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Shin soy sauce ramen – 7 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Shin Miso Ramen – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Curry Nanban Udon – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Spicy! Ramen – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Yakisoba sauce – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Dashi Ga Kiteru Soba Dappe – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Dashi Ga Kiteru Udon dappe – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
â¼ Dashi Ga Kiteru Ramen Dappe – 57 yen ($ 0.52)
When the dust settled Mr Sato went out of business with a whopping 14 items for a total of just 1,044 yen ($ 9.49 after tax).
For the price he paid, it was pretty amazing booty, and Sato-san was already giddy with the excitement for his soup party.
After rolling up his T-shirt sleeves, which fell down immediately, he went to cook. The first step was to remove the plastic wrap from each bowl.
Then he had to carefully add the separately wrapped dried ingredients to each bowl. This required a lot of attention as some packs are supposed to be added after the water but others before.
In fact, it was so mentally exhausting that Sato-san forgot all about his bowl of Ramen Dappe!
â¼ Oh you …
All of those instant noodles would also take a lot of boiling water, so our reporter got the largest pot he could find, filled it up, and lit the fire.
Of course, pouring the water straight from such a large pot would be difficult, so he scooped it into every bowl.
Since he had never done it this way, he was surprised how much easier it was.
Little by little he lovingly added water …
But halfway through, he realized it wasn’t going to be enough and had to repeat the process a second time.
Yes, no one said it was easy to cook a full menu, but as the bard Tom Petty once said, “the waiting is the hardest part.”
“Yeah, the waiting is the hardest part.”
After an excruciating three minutes, Mr. Sato’s collection of wholesale noodles was complete!
But first we celebrated with a drink! Our reporter made sure everyone in the office recognized the ingenuity of Hakutsuru’s bottle design.
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Listen! The CAP … is a CUP!”
Then he continued moistening his pipe.
So he had no choice but to dive into his hodgepodge of in-house delicacies.
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Oh, this yakisoba is DELICIOUS!”
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Ah, these salt ramen are SUPER!”
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Oooh, this soy sauce is amazing!”
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Awww, this ramen is my favorite and AWESOME!”
Before digging into his bowl of soba, however, Sato-san grabbed one of the expired persimmons and placed it on top.
â¼ Mr. Sato: âThis kakiage and soba is OUTSTANDING!â
â¼ Mr. Sato: âAnd this udon? GREAT! This dappe has a really nice, mild taste. “
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Boy, that curry udon is SCRUMPTIOUS!”
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Miso ramen … FABULOUS!”
â¼ Mr. Sato: âThis sharp one! Ramen isn’t that spicy … but it’s WONDERFUL! “
Like a triathlete finishing a lap, Sato-san reached for another cup of sake to recover from that fast-paced instant noodle tour.
Then he remembered that he had a few more dragon potatoes to eat.
This food was pretty junky compared to his previous Senberos so he was glad he got an expired salad to make things up.
But at that moment of pseudo-nutritious clarity, a wild, drunken thought occurred to Sato-san: What if he drank all of the noodle broths at once?
Since everything was already done, it would be super easy. Our reporter simply put a straw in each bowl and then tried all of the broths at the same time.
However, due to the size of the bowls and the length of the straws, he was unable to bring them all to his mouth. So he hired two coworkers to hold the bowls closer so he could slurp from anyone.
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Yes that’s it. Masanuki, a little higher over there … “
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Yes, yes! I’m going to suck now!”
It was probably the first time anyone has tried something like this, but unfortunately, Mr. Sato couldn’t really describe the taste. It was like a bunch of ramen at once.
But it takes more than godless sodium levels to stop that Senbero! Mr. Sato returned to his desk to complete the final stage, which consisted of a huge skewer with inlaid daikon.
After all, there was no reason to work that stood in the way of a big drinking binge-at least no reason he could think of.
â¼ Masanuki: “…”
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Alright! Let that bad boy eat.”
â¼ Mr. Sato: “Oh yeah! That’s that stuff.”
â¼ Mr. Sato: âAnd to wash it down with a little sake. Yes indeed! There is no combination like cucumber and sake !!! â
â¼ Mr. Sato: “This Senbero was a huge success!”
â¼ Mr. Sato: âAnd the best part is that they let me do this EVERY DAY … AT WORK! BWHAHAHA !!! “
â¼ Mr. Sato: âI wish all of my friends and colleagues could see me now! Maybe I’ll email you a picture of it. “
â¼ Mr. Sato: âBut not Masanuki. The guy gets on my nerves. “
Will Sato-san find another retailer capable of delivering the ultimate Senbero home experience, or will one of his employees murder him first? Find out next time on Japan’s Best Home Senbero!
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