Friday, November 16, 2012

方雅 (Hoga in Boso Hanto in Chiba)



Ramen Riders!!!!


We arrived at our destination 30 minutes before opening, and there were already a dozen other bikers there.  This spot is in the middle of nowhere!

The map may say Chiba, but like Tokyo, this prefecture is deceptively massive.  Head down the Boso peninsula and you'll see what I mean.


So we got in line.  The line grew.  By 11:30, there were at least 20 people.

But in a prefect example of the mob mentality of humans, no one had actually checked if the staff were inside prepping.  Just like Murphy would predict, the shop had decided to take the day off.  I blame the first few people in line.  But, in the end, the lack of smell or sounds from the shop should have been a give-away to all.


Back on our bikes, we raced to the nearest shop.  Countryside?  It took over 20 minutes on a sportsbike.  Countryside for sure.


Well, the fried rice and pork topping were top notch.  And the ramen?  チャーハンのほうがいい。



The tables all had lucky fortune machines.  Put in 100 yen, spin the wheel, and if your fortune says so, you win some gyoza.


I got the maximum good fortune, but no stamp for free gyoza.  What kind of luck is that!


I won't be back.  Well, I will, but I'll be flying by, heading back to the shop from plan A.


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Chiba-ken, Futtsu-shi, Oshikiri 73
Closest station: Yeah right

Open 11:00-14:00, 17:00-21:00
Closed Wednesdays

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