Inspired by Melanie's post, I went to Himawari Ramen twice last week. The first visit, I ordered the basic tonkotsu ramen with stewed pork added. As suggested by Alice, I ordered my noodles to be on the hard side (not as cooked... I asked for this in English as I couldn't remember the Japanese phrase). My friend got the snow crab omelette ramen. My friend's ramen was delicious... with somewhat firm(what I expected) ramen noodles. In my bowl, I got thinner noodles that were rather mushy. Almost reminded me of somen. Even though the toppings were great and the broth was as rich as promised, the noodles sort of ruined the bowl for me. I left most of the noodles uneaten and just sipped the soup and had the toppings. I got the shio ramen on my second visit and got the same kind of noodle my friend got in his omeltte ramen during our first try. But more al dente. So definitely more to my liking and what I had originally asked for. And I didn't even ask for the noodles to be harder. IMHO, I liked these noodles better than Santa's. I also preferred the shio broth to the tonkotsu broth of the first try(which was too *single-noted*... that note being -rich/fatty... for me).
Does anyone know what kind of noodle I got the first time? Somen? Is this possible? Do they have other kinds of noodles than ramen type? I didn't want to bother the staff as they were in the middle of filming some commercial or interview for Japanese TV.