Monday, August 31, 2015

やまの (Yamano in Nerima)

麺 酒 やまの

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Every year sees a new ramen trend in Tokyo. Some, like beef ramen a few years back, fail completely. Others, like the heavy tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen craze, persist to this day.

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The latest, and still relatively untested, is Nagoya-style Taiwan mazesoba. The original shop, Hanabi, is one of my favorite in the country. Take some thick noodles, cover them with spicy meat, some fish powder, a raw egg, and whatever else seems tasty, and serve.

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Yamano is the highest ranked new Nagoya-style mazesoba in Tokyo. I know that is a narrow field, but you gotta take your wins where you can get them.

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As always, mix it up with vigor.

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I wasn't super into this one. My mistake, I think, was ordering the torobuta mazesoba (トロ豚ませそば). This one came with a massive chunk of stewed pork belly. It seems counter intuitive not to order delicious stewed pork, but this one was overly sweet, and clashed with the spicy, fatty flavors of the rest of the bowl. Stick with the basic mazesoba.

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I'm a huge fan of junky, sloppy ramen, so I may have set the bar too high.

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Map of 5 Chome-23-11 Toyotamakita, Nerima-ku, Tōkyō-to 176-0012

東京都練馬区豊玉北5-23-11
Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Toyotamakita 5-23-11
Closest station: Nerima

Open 11:30-14:00, 18:30-2:00am
Weekends until 1:00am
Sunday until 11:00pm
Closed Mondays and some Sundays