Sunday, June 5, 2011

さぶちゃん (Sabu-Chan in Jimbocho)

さぶちゃん

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I pass by this shop on an almost weekly basis, but never even noticed it until I was on an unrelated adventure to buy gas for my camping stove. Searching for the outdoor shop, I turned down a nondescript alley. Jimbocho is the place to go in Tokyo if you want to buy outdoor sporting goods, by the way.

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The line is always long. Even longer is the history.

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Kinoshita-san, a chain smoking old ramen chef, has been serving up classic Tokyo noodles for ages. He is truly a ramen master, working tirelessly day after day. Focusing on his customers.

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Even when a reporter from Tokyo TV was asking him questions, he remained 100% on the ramen. She decided, instead, to interview me. What followed was not fit for television, as my Japanese language skill was a little rusty that day.

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Simple and good. But Sabuchan is only half famous for their ramen. Their claim to fame is in 2 parts. The ramen, of course, and...

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... a side order of fried rice. This may seem normal, but Kinoshita-san was the first guy to put these 2 menu items together. Someone had to be the pioneer, no? A lot of the seasonings can be used for both the soup and the rice.

It should be noted that the menu has only a couple options, but everyone gets the half and half special.

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Very normal, but great. If you are trying to capture the history of ramen in this great country, Sabuchan is a must stop.


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東京都千代田区神田神保町2-24
Tokyo, Chioda-ku, Kandajinbocho 2024
Closest station: Metro Jinbocho

Open 11:30-15:00, 16:20-19:30
Closed Sundays