Thursday, August 11, 2016

若葉 (Wakaba in Tsukiji)

若葉

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I'll make a long story short.

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There was a ramen shop that I really wanted to check out in the inner market of Tsukuji fish market.

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But the entire fish market was randomly closed that day.

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Fortunately, the shops along the outer market are open for business, and business is booming. Wakaba has been around for over 60 years, and their no-nonsense bowl is a hit with both local fishermen and not-so-local tourists. On this day, when the fishermen were off, the line was about 10 deep with overseas customers.

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Ramen, ramen with wonton, ramen with extra pork. It's a simple menu for a simple bowl.

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Not the kind of ramen I go for, but the atmosphere of standing and slurping in the crowded market is fun, especially if you are on vacation. I'm curious how this will all feel in a few in a few short months, when the market moves further from the city center.

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Official site here.

Map of 4 Chome-9-11 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0045

東京都中央区築地4-9-11
Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 4-9-11
Closest station: Tsukiji

Open 5:00am-2:00pm
Closed Sundays