Monday, September 14, 2015

支那そばや (Shinasobaya in Tsurugamine)

支那そばや 鶴ヶ峰店

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I'd only ever had the chance to slurp at the Shinasobaya branch at the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum. Shinasobaya is, at least among hardened ramen lovers, considered one of the most important shops in the story of Japanese ramen.

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Sano-san, Shinasobaya's founder, is credited as transforming ramen from a simple dish of Chinese origin into gourmet Japanese cuisine. Of course, this journey meant having disciples who not only work at his shop, but carry on his legacy at shops of their own.

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The Shinasobaya in Tsurugamine is one of those shops. I can't imagine the hardships that the master endured (Sano-san was well known for being a harsh perfectionist with both his staff and customers). But it was that hard work, that struggle, that eventually led to this, the perfect bowl.

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And, yes, this is the perfect bowl. In the way that Michalangelo's David is the perfect representation of the male form. There's nothing crazy going on. No nouveau toppings, just your standard nori seaweed, menma, and a few sliced green onions.

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The chashu is tender, the farm-raised egg cooked and flavored correctly, and the noodles matched perfectly. The wontons are an added bonus.

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One of those bowls that really makes you love your ramen adventure.

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Expect a bit of a line, and remember they are only open until the soup runs out.

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Map of 1 Chome-29-8 Tsurugaminehonchō, Asahi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 241-0021

神奈川県横浜市旭区鶴ヶ峰本町1-29-8
Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Asahi-ku, Tsurugaminehoncho 1-29-8
Closest station: Tsurugamine

Open 11:00-15:00 (or when the soup runs out)
Closed Mondays

6 comments:

Nina said...

This shop close on Monday. Not Sunday.(If a Monday is a national holiday,then the next day)

Natalie DeCarolis said...

I work in Tsurugamine!!!

イシー said...

Can I take a picture of the ramen if I go there? I'm asking because if I remember correctly I've read somewhere (in your blog?) that there's no talking or taking pictures in the honten.

Nina said...

イシー
Yes. You can take pictures as many as you want. This shop doesn`t care.

Natalie DeCarolis said...

I think I am going here today, do you think I should go with Shoyu or Shio?

Brian MacDuckston said...

I had shoyu, but the shio at other shinasobaya shops is excellent.