Monday, March 7, 2016

らぁめん小池 (Koike in Kamikitazawa)

らぁめん小池

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I love being surprised by ramen! The fact that it still happens, after a thousand or so shops is a testament to this genre of food.

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Koike serves up essentially three styles, along with some limited bowls for good measure.

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There's a niboshi-rich clear soup, a shoyu clear soup, and a thick soup. They all play off each other, with similar bases and toppings. I've got to go thick!

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From the looks of this bowl, you are in for an intense punch in the palate. A seriously strong bowl.

But looks can be deceiving. The kotteri ramen at Koike is surprisingly smooth.

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The egg was another surprise. Although it looks unseasoned, they soak it in a katsuo broth before serving. This imparts a huge amount of umami.

A few years ago, I thought that all upper-end eggs were the same. Not true! This one was noticeably different. Noticeably better.

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Kami-Kitazawa is a little out of the way for many people, but for a shop like this it is worth a detour.

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Map of 4 Chome-19-18 Kamikitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tōkyō-to 156-0057

東京都世田谷区上北沢4-19-18
Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Kamikitazawa 4-19-18
Closest station: Kami-kitazawa

Open 11:30-15:00, 18:00-21:00
Closed Wednesday and Friday



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