Monday, December 1, 2014

本舗 (Honbo in Nakano)

東京煮干屋本舗

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It doesn't get much more niboshi than this. Special niboshi ramen (upper left on the ticket machine), soup nibomashi (thicker than normal), with a topping of ageniboshi (dried and fried baby sardines).

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Niboshi, dried baby sardines, are quite common in Japanese ramen, though usually not to this extent. The taste is a bit roasted, a bit bitter, and a bit salty. Import regulations make them tough to bring to the United States. Something about dried fish needing to be gutted before shipping.

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Do yourself a favor, get with niboshi when in Japan.

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This bowl was good, though it didn't have initial punch that other shops like Nagi have. This might be a good thing, as this bowl was smooth from start to finish.

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The niboshi topping; only for the true niboshi lover.

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The shirasu aburasoba was also pretty good. Soupless noodles topped with baby whitefish.

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And if you are in the mood for something totally different, Honbo works with Ryoma, a popular tomato ramen shop just north to bring you this great bowl.

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東京都中野区新井2-1-1
Tokyo, Nakano-ku, Arai 2-1-1
Closest station: Nakano

Open 11:00-22:00
Sundays 11:00-18:00

1 comment:

Steve said...

Dear Brian,
Thank you so much for this critical entry. This past Monday, with literally minutes to spare {before I would have been expelled from my hostel in Osaka}, I found a hostel willing to take a same day booking. It was in Nakano.
I got to Nakano (via the Shinkanshen). From the lobby of the hostel, I looked up ramen shacks in the neighborhood.
This venue stood out like a sore thumb.
The niboshi ramen was good. Although I think the shack has changed around the order of the buttons on the machine. I punched the top left button, as you commonly mention, and got a bowl which looked a lot like https://www.flickr.com/photos/macduckston/15601003517 and was ¥950 as well. I am not complaining. Were I to do so, it would be that the hostel where I wound up Monday night identified the Freshness Burger just to its east, but not Honbo.