Sunday, October 28, 2012

華火 (Hanabi in Shinjuku)

辛麺 華火

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Another late night in Kabukocho, Tokyo's entertainment (red light) district.  These nights often start with food at an izakaya or Chinese restaurant, move to a bar, and end with ramen.

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Hanabi features a choice of either regular ol' chuka noodles or healthy konnyakumen, noodles made with konnyaku.  こんにゃく is translated as "solidified jelly made from the rhizome of devil's tongue."  No wonder it isn't so popular in America.  It's good stuff, though, and you'll find it in all sorts of Japanese dishes.

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Another option is the spice level.  Enter at your own risk.  Spice is healthy . . . right?

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It is a good combination, and a little different from the norm.  Recommended for the spice-lover.

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The konnyakumen are good, but definitely a one-and-done thing. A bit like a thick version of Vietnamese rice noodles, they have a firm texture.  Dubbed as a healthier choice, I suppose you could add these to your dieting regimen .  What else can you add?

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Hmm, maybe not.  But if you visit Hanabi, get the とろとろ豚ナンコツ, slow-roasted pieces of pork cartilage.  Even if it isn't good for your weight, the collagen is supposedly great for your skin.  Fat, happy guy with smooth skin?  Or skinny, sad dude covered with blemishes?

A no-brainer!

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 東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-3-16
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Kabukicho 1-3-16
Closest station: Shinjuku

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