Saturday, January 19, 2013

メガガンジャ (Mega Ganja in Kawagoe)



Mega Ganja! What a name!


Actually, this is very closely related (in name and management at least) to the awesome Ganja tsukemen shop. When I heard that they opened a junk-style outlet, I put it on the short list of must-eats. But Kawagoe is a bit of a trek, about 40 minutes from Ikebukuro, and I'm not often out this way.


But today I was. Look at that bowl! I am a massive fan of Junk Garage, could this be on par? A sloppy mess of everything-good-ramen?


Not really. The key with junk-style isn't just fat. While Junk Garage ads texture (babystar) and spice (spicy shrimp mayo), Ganja just piles on the grease.

The one redeeming factor is the challenge factor. A group of high school boys, sat just down the counter from me, all ordered the big sized versions, and much trash talking followed as they slurped down the 4000 or so calories. The quickest of the lot was beaming with an alpha-male glow as he stumbled out ahead of his pals.


But unless you have something to prove, give this one a pass.

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Saitama-ken, Kawagoe-shi, Wakitamachi 5-5
Closest station: Kawagoe

Open 11:30-15:00, 17:30-22:00
Closed Mondays

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