Monday, January 23, 2017

宮元 (Miyamoto in Kamata)

煮干しつけ麺 宮元


I've crushed Miyamoto in the past, but only at tsukemen events.


He is one of the most revered tsukemen chefs in Tokyo. And according to the curated Tabelog 50, one of the best in Japan.


The upper left, in this case, is 特製極濃煮干しつけ麺, tokuseigokukoniboshitsukemen. Breaking it down we get special, mega-thick, dried sardine tsukemen.


You won't be alone, please observe the rules of the line.


This. Bowl.


Yeah, this one is tops. I have trouble ranking the upper echelon of thick tsukemen shops because each one is just so amazing. From the image, to the smell, to the first bite, to the lasting umami aftertaste. As the name of the shop implies, Miyamoto is heavy with niboshi, dried fish, particularly sardines. The creaminess of the pork, the bitter, smoky punch of the fish, and a hint of yuzu citrus to mellow the whole thing out.


And the line, though strict rules apply, wasn't that bad.

Map of 7 Chome-8-1 Nishikamata, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0051

Tokyo, Ota-ku, Nishikamata 7-8-1
Closest station: Kamata

Open 11:00-15:00, 18:00-21:00
Closed Wednesdays