Monday, October 4, 2010

無尽蔵 (Mujinzo in Hanno)

無尽蔵

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After a bit of a flower adventure,

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I asked my friend, who lives in the countryside city of Hanno, where the best ramen in town is. A survey of a few options led to Mujinzo, which means never ending supply. The spot was known, to my friend, as the shop she really wanted to go to all the time but was always closed when she arrived.

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So of course they were still prepping when we arrived.

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Luckily, this view only had to be dealt with for about 15 minutes.

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No, the never ending supply ramen isn't an all you can eat noodle fest, but rather a fish heavy soup, with a lot of good Hokkaido kelp in the mix.

Usually, this type of soup goes great with tsukemen, but tends to be a bit thick for regular ramen.

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Not the case at Mujinzo. The soup was just thin enough to be drunk to the bottom. Although the fish was the main attraction, lots of vegetables and even some yuzu citrus are in the mix here. Very nice.

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As I didn't have to teach after my bowl, I loaded this ramen with fried garlic chips and some vinegar.

It's always good to know that even an hour out of the city, there are some great shops.

3 comments:

Justin said...

I thought this might interest you... SeriousEats recently did a post about the "Best Ramen in NYC". As you can see, the places are not that impressive haha

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/09/the-best-ramen-in-new-york-city-nyc-japanese-ramen-ya-east-village-midtown-manhattan-japanese-noodles.html

Noman said...

Wow! Amazing, amazing, amazing!
I'd never imagined my hometown shop Mujinzo would be introduced in this impressive ramen blog!

If you come center-south part of SaitamaPre again, you should go to Hinokuruma(燈の車), which has great pork-bone and fish soup in Sayama city. I'm convinced that you'll find(re-find?) refined mukacho(don't use artificial seasoning) soup.
http://ramendb.supleks.jp/shop/194

PudgyM29 said...

It may seem far away, but know that there is a through-routed train every thirty minutes on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line (during the day).
A one-seat ride from Shibuya to Hanno costs ¥680.