Monday, June 19, 2017

らーめん 改 (Kai in Kuramae)

らーめん 改

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There are many mini trends in the Tokyo ramen world, and this year one of those is clams. Sure, long-standing favorites Hototogisu and Mugitooribu have incorporated a clam broth into their soup, and newer Sora as well, but there are more.

Clams give a wonderful umami aftertaste, and whether you go full on shellfish, or just use it as an accent, this is a trend I am behind.

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Kai serves a few bowls, but the one that put the new shop on the map is their clam salt ramen - 貝塩らーめん.

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The master takes Japanese little neck clams (アサリ) as a base, and adds mussels (ムール貝) and scallops (ホタテ) as an accent. This triple shellfish broth is enough to send anyone with an allergy straight to the emergency room.

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Topped with simple, legit toppings, Kai is one to watch.

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I noticed on the side of the ticket machine, they have many, many limited bowls. Clam Chowder Ramen? Yes, please!

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This was for one of my ramen tours, and everyone came away a winner.

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For those who follow my site, be aware that this is a new shop that hasn't blown up yet, so the line is only set to get longer. Enjoy.

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Map of 4 Chome-20-10 Kuramae, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0051

東京都台東区蔵前4-20-10
Tokyo, Taito-ku, Kuramae 4-20-12
Closest station: Kuramae

Open 11:00-15:00, 17:30-21:00
Closed Mondays