Thursday, September 21, 2017

麺屋 翔 月1限定 (Special Chicken Ramen at Menya Sho in Shinjuku)

麺屋 翔

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I feel like I have written about Menya Sho before on this site. I've certainly been there many, many times. It is one of my go to spots for a clean bowl made with quality chicken. A stellar bowl on any of the other 29 days of the month.

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What is that supposed to mean?

Well, once a month they do a limited, premium bowl with a specialty chicken. 媛っこ地鶏 - himeko jidori - is a local chicken from Ehime Prefecture. It is supposed to have an earthier, more hearty taste, though that might just be advertiser talk for a gamier chicken. Either way, it makes for an excellent bowl of ramen!

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Go for the shoyu, the deep soy sauce matches well with that himeko. Princess?

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You'll have to check the web for the exact day, but it is usually around the 28th of the month.

Official site here.

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東京都新宿区西新宿7-22-34
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 7-22-34
Closest station: Shinjuku

Open 11:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00
Weekends 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:00

Monday, September 18, 2017

トンコツ&キノコ (Tonkotsu and Mushroom in Kyobashi)

ソラノイロ トンコツ&キノコ

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Soranoiro, one of Tokyo's favorite shops, has gone through a few iterations throughout the years. Apart from their steadfast main shop in Kojimachi, long-running stint at the Tokyo Ramen Street, and Nagoya shop, they had a short-lived mushroom-based shop (also in Kojimachi).

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Well, their latest brings the mushrooms back.

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They have a tonkotsu ramen on the menu, but the uniqueness I was here for was the kinoko no vege, a creamy mushroom soup with vegetable (and some meat) toppings.

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Where to start. The soup is creamy and wonderful, brought to life by mixing the mushroom soup with a rich tare made from salt, dried shrimp, and more mushroom. It is topped with some aromatic oil. Yes, mushroom again. And some mushroom toppings.

Oh, and the noodles are made with shiitake mushroom powder.

It's a lot of mushroom.

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Bonus! From 6:00pm until 9:00pm, Monday to Friday, you can get an hour of nomihodai for 980 yen. That's less than $10 for all you can drink. For another 980 yen you can get all you can eat gyoza. Wild!

Official site here.

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東京都中央区京橋2-2-1
Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Kyobashi 2-2-1
Closest station: Kyobashi

Open 11:00-15:30, 17:00-22:30
Weekends 11:00-20:00

Thursday, September 14, 2017

麺屋 悠 (Yu in Okubo)

麺屋 悠

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It had been a while since I tried any new miso ramen spots, and with a semi-new spot (June, 2016) just a couple stations from my home, I had to check out Menya Yu.

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A miso blend straight from Tokushima Prefecture. Made from soy beans, rice, and salt, this particular miso has a long history dating back to the Heian Period (roughly 1000 years ago). It is known for having a slight sweetness and deep flavor.

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They were named one of the best new miso ramen shops in 2016, which is always a bonus.

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Miso, among all the styles of ramen, is the one I am most critical of.

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Yu delivers. It's a rough, flavorful bowl with a big, salty miso hit. Just a hint of negi onions to mellow it out.

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They do a spicy miso as well, which was very spicy.

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東京都新宿区百人町1-23-11
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Hyakunincho 1-21-11
Closest station: Okubo

Open 11:30-14:00, 17:30-20:00
Monday and Saturday 11:30-14:30
Closed Sundays