Thursday, March 25, 2010

すがもらーめん (Sugamo Ramen in Sugamo)



An adventurous day after school with the staff led to the inevitable. There's something about drinking culture in Japan that is almost a given. 2 or 3 or 10 drinks later, and someone, without fail, will make the suggestion... ramen.


We could have walked for 5 minutes to the consistently good Sengoku Jiman. But why walk 5 when you can walk 1? Enter Sugamo Ramen. In Sugamo. Never mind the creative naming. It's next to the station.


The pot hides a creamy tonkotsu soup. You can choose from a shoyu or shio flavor. The shio was recommended.


Soup brimming with floating fat globules, it's a Sengoku Jiman clone.


The soup was rather weak, though if you want you can order it stronger. The soy saturated pork on the other hand is quite salty.


A fairly standard egg comes with every bowl.


Not a bad bowl, but no where near as rad as Sengoku Jiman. Location may be key, though, since Sugamo Ramen is next to the station as well as next to a nice seedy alley where *ahem* anything goes.


Maybe you get a text message.

"Honey, where are you? I'll be in Sugamo soon."

By the time you type your reply, you're alibi can be made.

"Just eating ramen, what did you expect?"

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ducoduos said...

that photo with the steam coming out of the pot, excellent work. neve fails to make me hungry :)

Anonymous said...

New Ramen Places in Town!

Nantsuttei (なんつッ亭) and Keisuke Tokyo (東京ラーメン けいすけ) @ Parco Marina Bay

Just flipped open the Sunday news paper, and wow, 2 more ramen shops from Japan will be coming to Singapore!

Nantsuttei (なんつッ亭) and Keisuke Tokyo (東京ラーメン けいすけ).

Both will be opening in Singapore their first overseas outlets. Its interesting that Singapore is becoming a magnet of Japanese F&B establishments' first step outside Japan!

The article didn't state when they will be opened (hope that no one rushed down today) but according to Parco Marina Bay's website, the new mall will be opened on 31 Mar 2010 3pm. Nantsuttei's Singapore website also stated that they will be opened from 3:00-10:30pm on 31 March, and customers get to win a figuring of the owner Furuya Ichiro (!!).

These 2 chains are pretty famous names in Japan.

Nantsuttei were often featured in magazines, TV and ramen rankings in Japan. Its specialty is tonkotsu ramen and its black sesame oil. The black sesame oil is made from a blend of sesame oil and garlic fried to 7 different levels, from light brown to black (slight mis-report on the papers...), as garlic fried to varying degree has a different flavour (doubt I could tell the difference...haha).

Keisuke Tokyo sounds interesting too. The owner was a french chef, and with that background he improvised ramen as a cuisine in his own ways. The shop to be opened in Parco seems to be selling prawn-based ramen. But in Tokyo, each of his stores has a speciality, from miso ramen to tsuke-men.

PudgyM29 said...

Hi. I'm in Tokyo at the Khaosan Annex hostel. Would you like to go out for lunch ramen sometime this week? Send me an e-mail or mention to me on Twitter (pudgym29).

TAKEHIRO said...

Hello. My name is Takehiro. I love Ramen so much. I always check your blog. Your blog and photo is so nice. I was working at IKARUGA,CHABUYA,IPPUDOU and Ramendatabank. And also I am going to go to Singapore from May for work at noodle shop. I want be good ramen friend with you. I just start blog. It's Please check it when you have time.

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