Monday, December 29, 2014

塩川屋 (Shiogawaya in Kitakata, Fukushima)

塩川屋

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Shiogawaya is a recently opened Kitakata ramen shop. As expected from a shop with shio in the name, shio is the ramen of choice.

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Sorry, Sio.

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Shiogawaya's master set out to use not only local Fukushima ingredients, but ingredients from friends and family. The pork is a specialty breed that is raised on a diet of エゴマ, a kind of wild sesame that is meant to give a nice flavor to the meat.

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The tare is made by a high school friend of a friend.

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And the noodles, of course, are made just down the road.

The pork was oddly lean compared with what you might find at other shops. I usually prefer a bit more marbled fat, but this was a nice change from the many, many bowls I've had in Kitakata. The recommended addition of wasabi was also a nice touch.

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The same pork is used to make some fried メンチ - deep fried minced pork cutlets.

Kitakata is famous for the old buildings, and this shop is housed in a 100 year old warehouse. Great care was kept to keep it as original as possible. A beautiful shop, indeed.

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Official Site Here

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福島県喜多方市字1-4545
Fukushima-ken, Kitakata-shi, 1-4545
Closest station: Kitakata

Open 11:00-14:00, 18:00-22:00
Closed Mondays