Wednesday, January 27, 2010

田ぶし (Tabushi in Koenji)

田ぶし

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The weekly ramen roundup (we don't have an official name) of fellow ramen nuts Nate, Keizo, and I was on as per usual. This time, though, everyone was a little busy so we just decided for something local. Koenji is a really cool part of town, close to everyone, and full of ramen.

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The new Koenji Ramen Street is the talk of the town. 4 top shops competing for the longest line. Of course, Tetsu's is the longest. But don't worry, it's nothing like the 90 minute wait at the main shop.

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We felt more like something new. Tabushi was near the station, and boasted some great looking "Black Tantanmen". You had me at spicy.

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This was some great tantanmen. Just enough kick to be safe for anyone. The soup was thick and full of ground pork.

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Nate, who doesn't eat pork (in solid meat form), always gives me his slice. But he mistook his pile of menma for grilled, chopped chashu. It was really good, sorry Nate!

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Keizo added the gyoza, solid.

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This shop is a winner. Good for anytime eating, but this would be the ultimate hangover food. Fortunately, I hadn't been drinking the night before (can't speak for my friends though!)

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I took a photo of this young mom with a baby strapped to her back, and grandma gave me a crazy stare-down. Sorry! I think a back pack baby in a ramen shop is fair game for photos though.

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