This shop was on the wish list for ages. Fujimidai is a bit off-center though, and the one day a week that I am out there is this shop's day off, according to the internet. Curse these Wednesdays!
But the internet is not to be trusted! They open at 11:30am on Wednesdays. Perfect to grab a quick bowl before my lesson at noon
Menjo Kyoshi is full on Chinese. Despite the sign for tantanmen, they have an extensive menu of other dishes. Things like spicy stir fried beef, lobster with sweet chili sauce, and king crab fried rice will have to wait until another day.
The tantanmen is fantastic, having a bit more one-dimensional heat than Japanese-run tantanmen spots, which tend to break the spice with some sort of creamy. Menjo Kyoshi bills itself as Chinese home cooking, using more expensive ingredients and unique methods from the home country to single itself out. The worker's Cantonese chatting from the kitchen is a nice touch.
The anindofu is a solid block of texture and flavor. If you go for this, and you probably should, skip throwing a bowl of rice into the left over tantanmen soup. That was a lot of food.
Speaking of a lot of food, they have a 3000 yen course menu, including what looked like about 8 or 9 dishes.
Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Nukui 3-16-11
Closest station: Fujimidai
Open 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:30