Japanese people are so infatuated with it that they see nothing strange about waiting in line for hours for a meal that ends in minutes.
Such is the lure of tasty ramen that there is even a term for a person that spends most of his days off traveling around the country searching for quality ramen: Ramen otaku . Japanese are particular about their noodles. A ramen order is often followed by the words katame or yawarakame , meaning hardish and softish. For big eaters, you can enjoy a free second helping of noodles in certain places by saying kaedama .