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Wagamama’s Chicken Ramen and Edamame… oh yes…

Now come on, this is impressive…

Went to Wagamama, where they have dinky little highchairs pre-attached to the tables in the children's section and ordered some Chilli Chicken Ramen (chilli, salty soup, chicken and noodles – didn't 100% think that through, if I'm honest) while my dining companions ordered some Chicken Itame (a noodley coconut-y soup) and some of that mad breaded Chicken Katsuo curry with rice.

To keep us from falling off our perches with city centre-induced exhaustion, we also ordered some edamame (soy beans) and asked for the salt on the side. Well, I can't tell you how much Babybear enjoyed those little beans, but if I explain that she was operating a two-handed approach whereby she was picking up her next bean before the first one was fully chewed then you begin to get the idea.

The edamame comes in a little bowl and looks for all the world like mangetout in which the peas have been allowed to grow fat. You don't eat the pods, you just pop the beans out into your mouth and chew them. Delicious, but dangerous for a baby so it was up to me to pop them into my mouth and  burst them with my teeth so that they would fall apart more easily. She really loved them, so I'm now desperate to see if I can get some to keep in the freezer as that is one healthy snack, my friends. (I hardly need add that they made it through her entire digestive system with barely a dent.)

When the main courses arrived, Babybear was happy to eat slices of chicken from my meal (I had sooked the soup off first but it still had some kick), some beansprouts, bok choi, fistfuls of rice and she had great fun eating the flat rice noodles from the coconut soup.

And what joy for us, we got to eat our meals while they were still hot, hot, hot, with minimal interruption from a baby who was tickled pink to be playing with new tastes and textures. (Well, until her two new top teeth started hurting again and we made a hasty exit – but we got a good hour in there, which can't be bad.)

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7 Responses to “Wagamama’s Chicken Ramen and Edamame… oh yes…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmmm…. [Homer voice] Wagamamaaaaaaa……
    Next time I am anywhere near a Wagamama I am definitely taking Notsotall in there for a bit of Ramen action – and those healthy edamame too. Unfortunately we live in a Wagamama void, so it'll have to wait until I'm next visiting my parents – so unfair!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh yes, edamame…mmm…. I tried those in Japan – 5 years ago but I have never forgotten them. Bird's Eye are advertising Frozen Soya Beans. I haven't tried them yet because of course my local supermarket does not stock anything so “exotic”. Grrr. I shall pick up a packet next time I got to the BIG supermarket. I suspect they're not in the pods so there isn't the fun of squirting them into your mouth but if the flavour's there…. (Forget sharing them with the little monsters or even the big monster – they're mine all mine).

  3. Anonymous says:

    am off to do a tesco search right now… very excited, even without the pods.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You can get frozen edamame in the supermarkets in Chinatown, if you happen to be in London.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You should come and see Glasgow's version of Chinatown… you'd piss yourself laughing. It's basically one small shopping centre. They probably have them there as well, though, next time I'm in the area I'll have a look. Cheers.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Finally went to the big supermarket (its an Asda/Walmart so its huge and I don't go there often – I spend too much money and too much time).
    Anyway, they are not in the pods, £1.89 for 480g so not cheap either but they are still v-ery nice. tbh, its been 5 years and I can't remember what edamame taste like, just that they were delish so I can't say they taste the same but even the big monster says to get them again. (Had to share them :( and they all liked them :( Even Baby Munchkin did more than play with them on second attempt.)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Tesco does them now too.

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