Monday, January 20, 2014

KABOちゃんの限定 (Limited Bowl at Kabochan)

KABOちゃんの限定

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I was lucky enough to hear about, at the last minute, a 1-day mash-up gentei bowl between Kabochan and Nishio. If you are very nerdy about ramen, you will know that Nishio, part of the amazing Nagi group, closed his shop a while ago, and helped Kabochan open in his place. The coolest part of the story is that Kabochan was a complete ramen rookie. Just a guy who loved to eat the stuff.

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The 5 seat shop was perfect for this type of endeavor, and Kabochan (that is the master's nickname) became a bit of a sleeper hit in town.

We (Hiroshi and I) arrived at the exact last minute.

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We literally got the last bit of tare of the day. Today's seasoning brought to you buy some ultra-premium shoyu from Yamaroku, a famous brewer from Kagawa prefecture.

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I miss this place. This 1-day collab bowl was made with ingredients from about 30 different prefectures in Japan. It was a veritable who's who of local goods. Konbo from Hokkaido. Chicken from Akita. Green onions from Kyoto. The list went on and on.

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You see, I used to live around the corner, and popping in for a solid bowl was always an option. I'm now across town, with different local haunts.

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Though it was dropping into single digit temperature outside, I had to try the waiting-in-line-special.

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Fresh apple kakigori! And, yes, the apples were from Aomori, one of the most famous apple regions of Japan.

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Original Review Here



東京都北区西ヶ原1-54-1
Tokyo, Kita-ku, Nishigahara 1-54-1
Closest station: Komagome

Open 11:30-15:30, 17:30-21:00