Sunday, June 13, 2010

阿吽 (Aun tantanmen at the Akasaka Sakas Ramen Festival)

四川担担麺 阿吽

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TBS, the major television network in Japan, hit gold with last year's Big Tsukemen Festival. The concept is simple. Invite a bunch of popular shops, advertise it using your own network, and take half the pot.

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They've had a few more events since the one in Hibiya about 6 months ago. One in Roppongi, and even a smaller one in Fukuoka are the two I'm aware of. Today's adventure took me to a very Western feeling part of town, Akasaka. It's also the home of the TBS headquarters.

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On a drizzly June weekday, there weren't too many people.

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This time, you have 9 shops to choose from. The spicy tantanmen from Aun looked good.

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The signature "Fire" tantanmen came spiced up big time. Spicy soup, some sort of added brown mystery powder, and lots and lots of chili oil.

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My friends went with Tanaka

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and uber-famous Taishoken.

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I have to say, I picked the right one. Not saying the others weren't bad, but this spice was perfect.

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Please take pictures and upload to twitter or your blog!

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Ok!

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I think these outdoor ramen festivals are great. Unlike many shops, lingering around, drinking convenience store beers, and trying multiple bowls is greatly encouraged. In fact, let's do just that.

Date: Monday, June 21st
Time: 7:00pm
Place: This thing in the middle of the Akasaka Sakasu square.

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If you are in Tokyo, let's meet up and have a bowl or two.

Here's a video about the festival. I couldn't get past a minute of the music though. See you on the 21st!




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