Friday, October 16, 2009

TETSU ラーメン (TETSU in Bunkyo)

TETSU ラーメン
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I went to the very famous TESTU ramen shop almost 2 years ago. I remember it from the kanji in for tetsu, 哲, which means philosophy. But in ramen magazines, on ramen TV shows, and on the awning of the store, it just says TETSU.

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When I saw the hour long line, I remembered the place instantly. The 400g of hot and cold noodles. The red hot stone you dump into your cooled down soup at the end. And the wait. Usually, a tsukemen place has a swift moving line. But TETSU is no ordinary tsukemen. This one is officially the longest I've waited. Over 1 hour.

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Still worth it.

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Something I noticed this time was a "how to eat this tsukemen" informational sheet. Well, it's better late than never to learn a valuable skill. Let's go!

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Hey, I'm the boss here. Let me show you the super rad way to enjoy out tsukemen!

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Tsukemen is noodles that you dip into soup.

"It's the same as zaru soba!"

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Atsumori is noodles in hot broth.

"Skipjack tuna flavor, yo!"

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Eat it quick! It should sound like ZUZOZOZOZOZO.

"Oh snap, the dipping sauce is flying everywhere!"

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If you like, there are seasonings on the counter.

"We've got vinegar, pepper, and hot spice."

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After eating the noodles, add some broth to dilute it.

"Mix it the way you like it, wouldn't you agree?"

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If your soup is lukewarm, please ask for a hot stone.

"Take it easy!"

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Put the spoon into the soup. It should sound like JUWAWAWAWAWAW.

"It's hot! Be careful!"

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Drink the soup. When you exhale it should sound like PUHAaaaa.

"Tasty!"

Good luck!

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Shop info here.