Thursday, December 22, 2016

よしかわ (Yoshikawa in Kagagoe)

寿製麺よしかわ 川越店


Yoshikawa in Saitama is one of the best ramen shops within driving distance of Tokyo. With their recent success, they were able to open a second shop in Kawagoe, also in Saitama Prefecture.


I was hungry and thirsty, and since I didn't do the driving, a glass of dassai sake would go nicely with a side of iwashidon - sardines on rice.


You can choose black or white ramen here, with the black being a bit deeper in flavor. Both are top of their class, but I say go for the darker version. It uses tamari shoyu, a stronger type seen a lot in Osaka.


If sardines aren't your thing, they have a daily kaisendon - various raw fish over rice. The shop is quite large, with tables for the family, so you can linger a bit longer than you might at a small, counter-only shop in Tokyo.


I noticed it late, but was able to change to have my sardines served over a small plate of noodles. The shop makes their own, and these fresh raw sardines, hit with lemon vinegar and onion, were a standout. Almost a meal on its own.


The shop's ingredients are on display, including a premium tamari soy sauce.


And an equally high quality craft soy sauce.


A must-hit if you live in Saitama, and probably worth it for out of towners as well.


Map of 1738-14 Imafuku, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken 350-1151

Saitama-ken, Kawagoe-shi, Imafuku 1738-14
Closest station: Kawagoe

Open 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:00
Saturdays 11:00-21:00
Closed Sundays