Monday, March 20, 2017

楓 (Kaede in Ogikubo)

味噌麺処 楓

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One of Tokyo's best miso ramen joints is Hanamichi, out west in Nerima. It's a heavy bowl, with a massive punch of salty miso. It should come as no surprise that when a disciple of this shop decides to become a master, he sticks with what he knows.

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Ogikubo is convenient, though this shop is a bit of a walk from the station. I used to live out here, so these are familiar streets, but it might seem like you are headed into the residential heart of nowhere as you stray farther and farther from the station.

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Even though it's out there, expect a short line. Or a long one.

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Miro or spicy miso. Your choice. And don't forget a side of seasoned quail eggs.

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The bowl is on par with Hanamichi, if not better. With the addition of a ginger paste on the top, the overall bowl is similar yet different. Similar in the cooking process, where soup is reduced with vegetables in a wok.

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Different with that new topping. The 生姜あん, a thick and flavorful ginger punch, goes so well with the miso. Other famous miso shops are known for a bit of freshly grated ginger, but this is next level. No wonder Kaede was named the rookie miso of 2016.

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Official site here.

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Map of 2 Chome-40-11 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tōkyō-to 167-0043

東京都杉並区上荻2-40-11
Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Kamiogi 2-40-11
Closest station: Ogikubo

Open 11:00-15:00, 18:00-21:00
Weekends 11:00-17:00
Closed Mondays