Thursday, September 22, 2011

桃の木 (Momonoki in Shinjuku)

小麦と肉 桃の木

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Translated literally, this shop is named Wheat and Meat, Peach Tree. I think we should stick with the Japanese name. Though, if you really get down to it, it is the wheat and meat that make this place neat.

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Momonoki is part of the famed Setagaya group. Like most of the shops veiled under this ramen powerhouse, things get fairly unique here.

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Tsukemen is on order, and I went a little crazy with both the egg and W-cheese toppings. By the way, the letter W is pronounced daburu in Engrish. "Double" is also pronounced daburu. No that you know you will see it all over the place.

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Very refined. The soup is a bit lighter than other tsukemen shops, shifting the focus towards the excellent noodles a bit. It is usually tough to put light and tsukemen in the same sentence. This shop might be the exception.

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The flat noodles are chewy, wheaty, and wonderful.

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The chef instructed that the egg go in the noodles, and the cheese in the soup. At first bite, I realized that I had gone a bit overboard. This was a rich combination!

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This shop is staffed entirely by pink-uniformed ladies. Adding to the lady appeal, a side tray offers aprons, hair ties, hair pins, and stain removing drops lest some tsukemen splatter make its way onto your clothes. Hmmm, which is more attractive though, a lovely lady with a flawless Hermes shawl, or a lovely lady with said shawl stained by proof of ramen?

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東京都新宿区新宿1-32-4
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-32-4
Closest station: Shinjuku Gyoenmae

Open 11:00-around 5:00 (until they sell 120 orders)
Closed Sundays and the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month

1 comment:

ChicagoThai said...

Stained by proof of ramen!