Monday, May 26, 2014

日清亭 (Nishintei in Hakone)

湯本ハイカラ中華 日清亭本店


High collar Chinese food? What does that even mean? ハイカラ - Haikara - is a phonetic word meaning stylish, in a Western sense.


I've seen this label applied to ramen in the past, but still don't really understand the meaning.


Maybe it means that the shop is a notch above the rest of the Chinese restaurants that dot every city in Japan. The noodles are all made by hand using the old "bamboo" method, where the noodle master basically jumps up and down on a bamboo pole to knead the dough.

They weren't making noodles at the time I went, unfortunately.


These were good noodle for sure.


Coupled with some of the shops limited kakuni - stewed pork - this was one of the most epic post-motorcycle ride bowl I've had.


Hit the spot is an understatement. Tender and sweet, I could snack on this stuff all day. And it sure beats the convenience store food that we tend to eat too much of on our rides.


I'd never been to this station before, but it is packed. Turns out anyone going to touristy Hakone passes through here. Good to know.

Official Site Here


Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimogun, Kakone-machi, Yumoto 703
Closest station: Hakoneyumoto

Open 11:00-22:00
Closed Tuesdays

1 comment:

dshadoff said...

Turns out that "Hi Collar" is Wasei-Eigo for "Westernized".

I first saw this on the title of an album by Capsule, and misread it as "Hi-Color", sort of like "hi-resolution", but for color depth.... but I was apparently wrong.

Japanese Wikipedia will also tell you that it originated in late Meiji-era Japan as referring to the style of shirts worn by westerners: