Monday, August 1, 2016

さいたま新都心ラーメンフェスティバル (Saitama Ramen Festival)

さいたま新都心ラーメンフェスティバル

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As Ramen Adventures isn't about my current adventures (I post two reviews a week, and the backlog is about two months), I feel bad when I go to these limited-time festivals and slurp some good bowls. I often post over at the Facebook site, but not always.

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And let's face it, an event up in Saitama is a bit out of the way for someone living anywhere else.

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Ajian Shokudo is one of the best spots up in Fukushima's Kitakata. These events bring ramen shops from around the country to one convenient spot. Two weeks, 18 shops, that's a big chance for someone who can't travel to the far stretches of Japan for ramen.

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This light bowl, made with Kitakata noodles and a light clam soup, featured pork that was fed エゴマ, a kind of shiso plant. The strict diet makes the meat tender and lean. Stellar stuff.

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Next door was ぶたコング, a typical off-the-wall Osaka shop.

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They insisted I slurp, and their bowl turned out to be really amazing.

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Two year aged soy sauce with 100% Hokkaido flour noodles.

If you want to stay abreast of these events, the RamenDB has a page that is always current. It's in Japanese, so good luck!

http://ramendb.supleks.jp/events

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Event page here.