Monday, May 29, 2017

鶏喰~TRICK~ (TRICK in Yokohama)

鶏喰~TRICK~

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Trick is on of the area's highest ranked shops, with good reason. Their bowl of tokusei chicken shoyu ramen is kind of amazing.

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Considered to be the best in Kanagawa by many (#8 in Japan here). The shop isn't too far from central Yokohama, so a ramen hunter in the area doesn't have far to go.

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Master Nishikaki-san (西垣さん) spent the early years of his culinary life in Italian cooking. So why didn't he open his own Italian place? One of the reasons is that he likes the hospitality aspect of ramen shops. Customers sit at the counter, watching the chef. It's a kind of direct interaction that you don't get anywhere else.

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Special shingen (信玄鶏) chickens from Yamanashi for the soup and toppings. While the soup is a simple chicken stock, the tare seasoning is quite complex. Somewhere between three and five soy sauces are blended and cooked with dried fish, shrimp, and seaweed.

It's an amazing base for the plethora of tasty toppings that you'll get with the special bowl.

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Low temperature cooked pork chashu as well as chicken breast, thigh, and meatball.

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Everything is top notch.

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The egg is, of course, as close to perfect as you can get. The wonton is just an added bonus.

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Always a line, and if the spot wasn't all the way down in southern Yokohama, I'd be there more often. A quick glance online and it looks like they make a few limited bowls, like a thicker paitan soup or some spicy styles.

This one will make my best-of-2017 list easily.

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Map of 4 Chome-20 Yoshinochō, Minami-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 232-0014

神奈川県横浜市南区吉野町4-20
Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Minami-ku, Yoshinocho 4-20
Closest station: Yoshinocho

Open 11:00-14:00, 18:00-21:00
Weekends 11:00-15:00
Closed Mondays