Monday, August 22, 2016

麦苗 (Muginae in Omori)

Homemade Ramen 麦苗

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The newest kid on the block is Muginae, just a few minutes from Omori Station. A hot new shop on the super-convenient Yamanote train line? I'm there!

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I actually ran into a famous ramen critic by chance the day before, and he clued me into the new shop's opening. Thanks Mr. らおす!

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Muginae's m.o. is to follow the awesome trend of using very high quality, very specific ingredients in the bowl. Free range chickens from Yamagata give the broth a solid base, with a tare made from Nagano and Hyogo craft soy sauces.

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Noodles are made in house with Japanese flour. Of course, the entire bowl is devoid of any chemical seasoning.

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It all adds up to a stellar bowl on Tokyo's south side. Go for the deluxe bowl (the most expensive of the three) and get all the fixings.

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An oft overlooked aspect of ramen shops are their bowls. Here, the bowls are handmade by a local artisan. Very cool to have some handmade pottery holding my noodles.

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They also have a limited-to-a handful-a-day rice bowl topped with fresh fish from the neighborhood fish monger. I'm loving the dedication to the block.

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I just hope the location doesn't hurt their business. The Yamanote line is the most convenient line in Tokyo, but I can't imagine what you could do in Omori.

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Well, now you have an excuse to find out!

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Map of 6 Chome-11-10 Minamiōi, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0013

東京都品川区南大井6-11-10
Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Minami Oi 6-11-10
Closest station: Omori

Open 11:30-14:30, 18:00-soup runs out
Sunday 11:30-16:00
Closed Thursdays