Monday, March 10, 2014

ラーメン光 (Hikari in Kawagoe)

ひかり or ラーメン光

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Have you been to Ganja yet? After opening eight or so years ago, their popularity has skyrocketed. Since then, members of the Ganja family have gone on to open half a dozen other shops, most of which are in the Kawagoe area.

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Kawagoe is a historic town about an hour outside of Tokyo. The original Ganja is right, next to the old Edo-era warehouses and temples, as well as the town's main train station. Hikari, well, isn't. This is one you should rent a car and drive to. If that is your thing.

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The highlight is their chashu. Shredded pork, rolled into massive balls, and fried. This is good eating. I will refrain from too many ganja related quips about fried pork balls, but this shop would make a killing in Colorado.

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Expect a wait, even on a weekday. The parking lot fits around 10 cars, and there were three waiting on the street for a spot. First time I've seen a line of cars for a ramen shop!

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The flavors are in line with the original Ganja shop. Heavy pork tsukemen. Big fat noodles.

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Make sure you get that fried pork ball!

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Official Site Here



埼玉県川越市鹿飼1426-6
Saitama-ken, Kawagoe-shi, Shishikai 1426-6
Closest station: Drive (Kawagoe station)

Open 11:30-14:30, 17:30-21:00
Closed Sundays