(1)Chuka Soba noodles are thin, straight, and slightly soft. When you order, tell them your preferred level of firmness.
(2)Chuka Soba usually comes with braised pork belly (Chashu), green onions, fermented bamboo shoots (menma), and fish cake (kamaboko), but every ramen shop is a little bit different.
(3)At the table you’ll find hayanare-zushi (mackerel sushi) and boiled eggs. Help yourself, keeping track of how much you eat. When you pay at the end of the meal, tell them what you had and pay for it then.
(4)Help yourself to water (some restaurants have servers bring water)
Salted horse mackerel is placed on vinegared rice and wrapped in a cane leaf to ferment. It has a delightful acidity that goes perfectly with ramen flavored with pork broth and soy sauce.
You can peel and eat some boiled eggs while you’re waiting for your ordered ramen to arrive, soak some in your soup once it does—how you eat them is up to you!