We all love Kabo-chan.
He was, like myself, all about ラーメン食べ歩き, the fine art of hitting up as many ramen shops as we can. While English-speakers are few and far between (check out the blogroll on the right to see some), there are plenty of Japanese ramen hunters in Japan. Kabo-chan took it to the next level, and took over a tiny shop that was planning on shutting down. That was a few years ago.
When Kabo-chan made a special limited bowl of miso one winter, fans were delighted. So much so that the one-month special became a permanent menu item.
Flavorful red miso.
Sansho. I am a huge fan of Chinese numbing pepper.
The noodles are under-cooked, then given a a minute more in the boiling soup.
The whole thing is heavily spiced. Almost a curry miso with undertones of Chinese sansho pepper. Very nice.
Seems like Kabo-chan kept another limited item on the menu as well. You can, even in the dead of winter, get a bowl of Japanese-style shaved ice. For me, the miso will do just fine.
Tokyo, Kita-ku, Nishigahara 1-54-1
Closest station: Komagome
Open 11:30-15:00, 17:30-21:00