Ajisen Ramen is a Japanese fast food chain of restaurants selling ramen noodle soup dishes. The company’s logo, featuring artwork of a little girl names Chii-chan, can be found on all of their stores and products. Ajisen has outlets in Japan, Australia, Canada, China, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia and the United States. We have seen these restaurants on countless occasions, but it took some time for us to come around. We aren’t big noodle fans, but after fellowship one Sunday we sat down for lunch here with friends, and found a couple of really nice dishes that we were eager to return for. The lunch menu consists almost exclusively of steaming hot noodle dishes, but we discovered some great rice dishes on the standard menu.
Not to long ago we returned to one of these Ajisen restaurants for a family lunch date. I tried a beef and cheese rice dish in a hot pot, and Justin went for a fried rice. We also ordered a side of spicy mussels. Eli was asleep when we arrived, but he woke up just in time to eat. He could probably smell the food as it was placed onto the table. These Japanese meals come with a little bowl of tasty broth and some pickles — being a big fan of these sides, I am always happy when Justin gives me his, especially the seaweed broth (my favourite)!
We have to be sure not to order meals that are too spicy since we haven’t yet moved to three meals yet. Eli doesn’t eat enough to warrant a third dish of food, and feeding him from our meals also helps us to not overeat. They aren’t really good with kids meals over here in China. Most menus have no section of kids, because children here eat as their parents do. A big bowl of noodles is just what they want. Luckily Eli loves rice dishes, just like his mommy and daddy.
After lunch we took a walk to the beach, which is only a couple of blocks down from this restaurant. It was a perfect afternoon, with not too much sun, so the crowds were out in full force. We took Elijah out of his stroller to play in the sand, and he got tons of attention. An old lady watching him from a few feet away almost died when Eli bent over to take a bite of sand. I guess little man forgot how terrible sand tastes.
Here’s our old-school version…
I have no idea why we still don’t have a selfie stick. We first saw them in the Philippines in September of 2014, but we didn’t get one because we thought that it was an “island getaway novelty”. Turns out that these sticks have taken the world by storm. We probably would have got one a long time ago if it would safely hold our DSLR, but that’s a disaster waiting to happen!
Back at home we made dinner and enjoyed the wonderful view of the sunset from our dinning room. The month of July brought incredible evening colours and beautiful weather almost every day. This was a wonderful afternoon family date.