食育/Food Education 2

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“Food Education 2”

There are actually quite a few “little” big fans of our ramen especially the dashi driven Shio, shoyu and tsukemen. These guys actually choose us as their birthday meals over McDonald’s. I am quite flattered and am slightly moved thinking that I am contributing a bit to a future of eating well.

I try to flood my normal adult customers with information about the technique, source and passion that goes into my bowl but that kind of intellectual overload aside,  the kids just simply love our flavour. Some of us adults including me, have been crammed with overwhelming flavours for a long time that we have just become so used to overloaded flavours and we just keep on wanting more stimulation or unconsciously leaning towards heavier flavours. The kids on the other hand have the most sensitive palates. They usually dislike spicy or too strong flavours. I think that is the way they should be. Their palate will naturally mature and start to want the spiciness or the stimulation as they grow older but while they are young their palate should be free to explore the various different foods within subtle natural flavours and that should hone their sense of taste and make them able to appreciate subtle differences. Once they are introduced to heavy or artificial flavours, it could be detrimental to their palate growth and building a sense of taste refined enough to enjoy the various flavours in the world, let alone growing up healthily, period. I find it intriguing and humbled that kids find the Shio or the shoyu to be a favourite in their field of subtle natural flavours.

Thanks kids and thanks parents for educating their palates right!

「食育2」

実はTaro’s Ramen、意外にもお子様のファンが多いんです。特に出汁の効いた塩や醤油、つけ麺などを好んで誕生日などの日に指定してくれる子が多いのです。後は、ご帰国された方とお話をする際に子供がTaro’sのラーメンが食べたいと言っているとも良く言われます。

子供というのは味覚がまだ発展途上、自然と辛いものやしょっぱ過ぎるものなど刺激を避ける傾向にあります。親として子供の味覚を育てる上でも刺激だけではなく科学調味料を遠ざけないと、味覚が馬鹿になってしまい大人になった時に些細な味の違いに気づけなくなり、後々は濃いめ好きで健康被害の恐れがあるだけでなく人生楽しめなくなってしまうと思います。

僕自身の子供時代(今でも実は結構好きで・・・)を振り返ってみても、甘い、もしくは油っぽいもの、例えばマクドナルドなどは自然に多くの子供が選ぶものですが、結構な数の子供達がうちの味をここまで支持してくれる事は光栄であるとともにとても未来にむけて明るい気持ちになれます。

子供たち、いつもありがとう!そして親御さんもお子様の食育に良い選択をありがとうございます!

太郎

One Response to 食育/Food Education 2

  1. xyluna says:

    Wow, these kids have great taste!

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