Saturday, January 14, 2012

辣椒漢 (Lashohan in Kanda)

担々麺本舗 辣椒漢

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The search for great tantanmen in Tokyo continues. Through a website comment on the last, rather unsatisfactory bowl the stuff, I was led to somewhere that was certainly off my radar. Lashohan in Kanda... never heard of it!

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But now you have. And if spicy Si Chuan style noodles covered with shibi pepper is your thing, you should check it out.

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As did VVV6, a popular food ranking show in Tokyo, where attractive TV personalities go around ranking the topic of the day. A couple years ago the topic was tantanmen, and the coveted #1 spot led to 6 months of lines at the tiny shop. Almost 3 years later, you probably won't face a long line, but the soup might be out if you come late in the day.

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The premium Si Chuan (プレミアム正宗担々麺) is almost a mazemen, with just a little bit of soup. It also came with a warning. Although I don't consider tounge-numbing sansho to be spicy per se, it can be on the same level of destructive spices as a fiery pepper. So be warned, if you aren't a huge fan of the stuff, go with the regular Si Chuan.

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But you should really go for the premium. This bowl was intense.

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Okada-san, after slaving away as a salaryman in Hong Kong, eating spicy noodles everyday, did what any sane person would do: moved to Tokyo and opened a shop. He said he gets a few foreigners in his shop, most likely due to it being next to a university. He also gets a few ramen maniacs, who almost always come for the above mentioned bowl.

Check out my video review!


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東京都千代田区神田錦町1-4-8
Tokyo, Chioda-ku, Kanda Nishikicho 1-4-8
Closest station: Ogawamachi

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