What a day. I set out to try an extremely famous shop on the outskirts of East Tokyo; a shop that took a good 30 minutes to walk to from the station.
Fail! Closed until March 2nd. Tanakashoten, I'll be back. This shop was just a stone's throw from 環七道, the massive loop road that encircles the capital. Expect a minor Ramen Riders event in the coming days.
Fail! I haven't actually tried any of the MacDonald Big American series #4 burgers, but they seem like a fail. Grand Canyon burger, Las Vegas burger, Broadway burger, Beverley Hills burger . . . would you?
This is more like it! After the hour and a half spent riding obscure trains, asking for directions, and walking, I just grabbed a local Chiba ramen magazine and picked the one that was near the station. Teppen turned out to be a winner.
A typical tonkotsu gyokai soup, thick with umami, and piled high with grated onion. Grated thin, the bits of raw vegetable simply melted into the soup. Apologies to the children's English class I had soon after. I hope my breath mints did the trick.
Mt. Fuji may erupt anytime soon, better eat as many gooey eggs as possible before the impending doom.
Chiba-ken, Matsudo-shi, Mabashi 117
Closest station: Mabashi
Open 11:30-15:00, 17:00-24:00