Sunday 26.08.2018 | 00:44 AM | Jakarta

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Before I get to my question-title, I would like to point out that I have decided to remove the “day x” part from the top of my future posts. I used to put that there because it actually had to serve a purpose: keep track when I experienced the things I write about. But I’ve realized that I won’t always write about my experiences the same day I experience them, so it’s better if I leave that out. I will mention in my blogs the date the experiences took place though! It just won’t be in a specific format.

Let’s get back to business. So.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

So I did a couple of things for the first time this past week, but this is a blog about something new I did on Thursday the 23rd of August 2018.

Spoiler: I ate spicy miso ramen. 🍜

I love ramen! But until this faithful day, I’ve only eaten packaged ramen. You know: the instant noodle ones, ready in three minutes! On YouTube I mouthwateringly watched foodvloggers eat different kinds of fresh ramen and I knew that one day…one day I would be able to eat ramen that wasn’t only seasoned with four or five small little flavor packets.

The day after I arrived in Jakarta, I went for a walk in my neighborhood. That is when I saw a ramen restaurant nearby. I knew instantly (no pun intended!) that I was going to try ramen during my stay in this neighborhood. And I did. I tried the spicy miso ramen.

Let me break down the name of the dish.

Spicy Miso Ramen.

Ramen is the noodles. A specific kind of noodle, usually served in a broth.

Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt, used in Japanese cooking. Broths can be made with miso. (Source: google search “what is miso”)

The word spicy kinda speaks for itself. Feeling hot hot hot. 🔥

So what I ate is a certain type of noodles served in a spicy miso-flavored broth.


The miso flavor is a flavor on it’s own. I can’t compare the taste to something I had before. It was delicious though.

What I can compare to something I’ve had before, is the richness (or heaviness?) of the miso broth. The richness of the broth reminded me of the richness of Surinamese peanut soup. I love me some Surinamese peanut soup ❤️😏. But because the broth is so rich (or heavy?), I can’t eat too much of it as it will start to make me feel queasy. This happens when I eat Surinamese peanut soup as well. So sadly, I love it, I just can’t eat a lot of it. But that’s okay. At least I can still enjoy it.

I finished my ramen, the sliced chicken meat, egg and greens. I left half of the broth and the extra chopped peppers. Because I’m not as pepper-resistant as I think I am.


I paid Rp. 54.545 for the bowl of spicy miso ramen that you see in the picture. That’s about $3.8 or €3.3. Which is about SRD 28.50.

The price is excluding 10% taxes.

Conversion rates used from 21st of August 2018.

$1 = IDR 14350

€1. = IDR 16400

IDR= Indonesian Rupiah

So that was the something I did for the first time. It was nice. Certain wishes do come true, if you seize the opportunity when you’re able to. I mean, it wasn’t a life goal to eat spicy miso ramen, but it’s still nice that I got the chance and was able to.

Words and their power. A simple question I was asked years ago is an inspiration as to how I live my life now. Keep learning, keep exploring, keep on going. Grow.



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