Hey Sensei, soup first or noodles first?

Student: Hey Sensei, soup first or noodles first?

Sensei: First, observe the whole bow.

Student: Yes.

Sensei: Appreciate its gesalt. Savour the aromas. Jewels of fat glistening on the surface. Bamboo shoots shining.Seaweed slowly sinking. Spring onions floating. Concentrate on the three pork slices… They play the key role but moderately hidden.


Sensei: First, caress the surface… with the chopstick tips.

Student: What for?

Sensei: To express affection.

Student: I see.

Sensei: Then poke the pork.

Student: Oh, eat the pork first?

Sensei: No, just touch it. Caress it with the chopstick tips.Gently pick it up and dip it into the soup on the right of the bowl. At this point it is important to apologise to the pork by saying “See you soon”


Sensei: Finally, start eating the noodles first. *slurps* Oh, at this point, slurp the noodles while looking at the pork. Eye it affectionately


The old man took some shinachiku root and chewed it for a while. Then he took some noodles. Still chewing noodles, he took some more shinachiku. Then he sipped some soup. Three times. He sat up, sighed and picked up a piece of pork as if making a major decision in life and lightly tapped it on the side of the bowl. Ton ton ton.

Student: What for?

Sensei: To drain it. That’s all.


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