Sunday, May 23, 2010

冬蔭激城麺 (Fujimaki Gekijo in Kanda)

冬蔭激城麺

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Here it is, folks, the place with the $120 bowl of ramen.

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But it's actually a bit of an adventure just to get to that point. Let me explain the process.

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First things first, you come to this shop in Kanda for a modestly priced bowl of Tom Yum ramen. For 1500 yen, you get either spicy red, coconut creamy white, or black sesame infused black. Have a seat at the stylish counter.

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If you want to continue along this road, call and make a reservation to have a bowl of the 3000 yen Spicy Castle ramen.

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You'll get to sit in the red chairs, out of sight from the lowly peons.

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The last step is to make a reservation, at least 3 days in advance, to the shop in Nakameguro. This is where you eat the Emperor ramen. Yeah, the 10,000 yen bowl of ramen. I'll rant about this in due time.

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Let's focus on the regular bowl.

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It's not your typical bowl of ramen. This is Thai fusion.

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Let's get the price thing out of the way first. 1500 yen is very high for ramen. But many Thai restaurants in Tokyo will charge almost that much for a bowl of tom yum soup, so I don't think it's too much of a stretch.

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It's really good by the way. You can tell that everything in this bowl is high quality. The spice resonates on your tongue.

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The fired egg is an interesting choice.

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The chef give explicit instructions, "Put exactly 5 spoonfuls of soup into the rice."

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So, the question is, will I go for the 10,000 yen ramen?

Probably....

...if the opportunity presents itself. Maybe I find a 10,000 note blowing down the street one day. Maybe another reporter is in town writing the umpteenth article about this shop and he needs a tour guide. Maybe one of my dear readers treats me!

Regardless, I'll let you know.

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