Thursday, May 23, 2013

杉もと (Sugimoto in Koenji)

鶏味噌らーめん 杉もと

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Miso plus creamy tori paitan. A recipe for success?

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The folks at the Setagaya ramen conglomerate think so. There are quite a few shops and quite a few styles under the Setagaya banner, and this is the newest.

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The soup and noodles; decent. A little forgettable, but that just might be me.

The memory here is with the toppings. Chicken offal. Yep, chicken guts, hearts, cartilage, and skin, oh my.

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This is Japan . . . this sort of thing isn't rare. But as a ramen topping, this is a first. And a last for me.

These kinds of eats have their place; at your local yakitori spot. Roaster skewers of everything-inside-a-bird. Places where my friends can order the chicken intestine, and I can stick with some run-of-the-mill breast.

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