Sunday, September 11, 2011

はつね (Hatsune in Nishi-Ogikubo)

はつね

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Known for their tanmen, Hatsune is a refreshing stop among the strong-flavored sea of ramen in west side Tokyo.

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Tanmen, tantanmen, wantanmen, what is the difference?

Wantan is an alternative spelling for wonton. Though usually in a shoyu broth, anything can become wantanmen by adding wantans, or wontons, or a wanton wontons filled with spicy black oil.

Tantanmen comes by way of Sichuan dandanmien (担担面), and is a spicy soup, often with a lot of sesame.

Tanmen is a mix of sauteed vegetables and meat served on a light bowl of shio ramen. The origins of tanmen are local to Tokyo and its surroundings.

Confusing, but now you know.

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Tanmen should be light, with the aroma of cabbage and carrot being the strongest thing going on.

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A light bowl for the health conscious, a good place to bring a date, a tonic to cure the sniffles. It is always nice to vary your ramen consumption.

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東京都杉並区西荻南3-11-9
Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Nishiogiminami 3-11-9
Closest station: Nishi-Ogikubo

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