Thursday, January 7, 2016

四代目 ねかし (Yondaime Nukashi in Ikebukuro)

四代目 ねかし 魚介とんこつ肉そば

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Wasabi is an amazing ingredient. Most people don't know this, but the spicy notes of the root are completely neutralized by fat. Put it on a lean piece of nigiri sushi, and you'll feel the burn. Put it on some fatty wagyu steak, and it's like eating a pungent forest.

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Nukashi takes advantage of this property of wasabi by covering your bowl in lightly grilled fatty pork pieces. This, added to the fact that the tonkotsu gyokai soup is already quite heavy, and you're left with an interesting bowl indeed.

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My advice, and this goes for any bowl of ramen at any shop, is to eat about half of it without any spice. Then, flavor away to your heart's content. At Nukashi, that means wasabi, wasabi, wasabi.

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Fun shop. This was actually for a TV shoot. I'm not thrilled when my TV shoots take me to shops that I haven't sampled before. You are pretty much required to love the ramen when the cameras are rolling. For me, personally, I will never endorse a place with bad ramen, but work is work. I pretty much knew that that roasted pork would be good, if anything else, but in the end the entire bowl was solid. Sign of relief. Check out the video!



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And in total Ikebukuro fashion, they were filming some sort of gangster movie outside the shop in a separate shooting. Crazy Ikebukuro.

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Map of 1 Chome-34-3 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 171-0021

東京都豊島区西池袋1-34-3
Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Nishi Ikebukuro 1-34-3
Closest station: Ikebukuro

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