Lesson Learned – listen to your gut, especially if its large from eating.
I took the ramen from packaging, released the contents of the aluminum packet into a pot of water, and turned the heat on the stove. As it started to bowl I could smell something.
Anise? Is that anise?
I didn’t know if it was anise but I didn’t like it. I added the noodles and a few slices of wagu beef. I’m not going to eat it if it smells like this. So I added a very large portion of soy and afterward, decided an ingredient rescue was in order. You won’t drowned in that smell on my watch!
I added a more mild sauce [the Plan B from Soba night] and voila, a perfect ramen in my ramen bowl.