Tuesday, March 9, 2010

我武者羅 (Gamushara in Hatagaya)

我武者羅

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Taking my life into my hands, I embodied a true gamushara, or daredevil, as I set out on another ramen adventure. But I wasn't alone as I delved into the extreme. Today I was joined by Robb from bento.com. We strapped on our glasses, put on our game faces, and kicked it into gear.

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The only real danger here was when our glasses fogged up upon entering the shop. The lack of risk now apparent, it was time to get down to the noodles.

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This shop is actually 3. Weekdays for lunch and early dinner it's a milky pork broth flavored with snapper. Then late on weeknights it becomes a Niigata inspired blend of fat and more fat. Weekends is a spicy curry ramen, also a Niigata speciality. The spicy weekend fare looks pretty nice too, just head over to ramenate.com for a look.

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A weekday at noon means the easiest bowl of the bunch.

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The fish stock is key here. Not as refined as somewhere like Kaijin, this soup is truer to Niigata, where maybe a strong punch is needed to outlast the strong winters.

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To truly taste the essence of a broth, adding rice is a great idea. Much the way a whiskey aficionado dillutes his single malt with water.

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So I cut the broth with a free lunchtime bowl of rice. Fantastic flavor.

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Salt, miso, and tsukemen are also options.

We sat discussing the recent tsukemen boom (1 sided, advantage me) and how a Michelin 3 star sushi spot is different from a Michelin 1 star sushi spot (1 sided, advantage Robb). It's always good to talk food with another foodie. And no, nothing daredevil-ish was consumed this day. Maybe a trip out to a new meat theme park from some meat ice cream would have been more gamushara.


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