Thursday, June 11, 2015

伊駄天 (Idaten in Shizuoka)

麺行使 伊駄天

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Looking back at my (very) old postings on Ramen Adventures, I am both embarrassed by my writing and nostalgic about a time where I knew almost nothing about ramen. Idaten had a pop-up at the Tachikawa NY Ramen Square, and I went back in 2008. I went, I slurped, and I was surprised to learn that shoyu ramen can have a strong taste.

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Fast forward half a decade . . .

They have been long gone from the Ramen Square, but the original shop in Shizuoka city is still popular.

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Though the shoyu is still what most regulars order, I really wanted to see what the Teppen was. Billed as ご当地ラー麺, local ramen, I didn't know what to expect. Shizuoka is famous for a few things, but how can green tea and oranges make it into a bowl of ramen?

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Oh, and Mt. Fuji. Very cute.

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Idaten make their own noodles, so it was easy to incorporate a little matcha powder into the mix. Though the soup was light, you really don't get a massive tea flavor, just a slightly different texture.

And that chashu, well it was flavored with local mikan, a type of small Japanese orange. Interesting, for sure, though not something I will be getting again. Yes, this bowl is fun, but overshadowed by their regular menu.

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Shizuoka city is a fantastic place for food. I'm not sure why, but this smallish town has more specialty gourmet, local sushi, and stylish cafes than any other comparable city in Japan.

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Apart from the regular menu, Idaten has four limited bowls to reflect the seasons. I wish I was around here enough to sample them all.

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Official Site Here

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Map of 7-5 Miyukichō, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 420-0857

静岡県静岡市葵区御幸町7-5
Shizuoka-ken, Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Miyuki-cho 7-5
Closest station: Shizuoka

Open 11:00-15:00, 17:30-23:00
Sundays 11:00-21:00