Monday, August 21, 2017

中華そば 児ノ木 (Chigonoki in Nakai)

中華そば 児ノ木

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It is tough keeping track of all these quality new shops lately, and Chigonoki just adds to the mix. Actually, what I really like about this spot is just that, a mix.

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Niboshi ramen. I love it. Bitter, smoky fish flavors, often garnished with a mound of raw onion that melts into the soup, giving it a bit of sweet and a bit of spicy. It is, though, an intense flavor that quite a few foreigners (and locals) don't like.

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Well, this was part of a ramen tour, and we had enough people to try it all.

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The third row reads 鶏 + 煮干し, chicken and niboshi blend. This one is your standard niboshi broth, cut with some high quality chicken soup. Definitely the choice for someone unfamiliar with the niboshi flavors.

But this is no watered-down bowl. It uses 茜鶏, akanedori, a specialty chicken breed and three kinds of dried fish.

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The above is from the second row. 100% clear niboshi soup. Intense and easy to slurp.

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But for me? I'm going for the 背脂 version. That's pork back fat!

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Ask for extra if you want. Even though this was my first meal of the day, there's nothing like niboshi ramen with all that fat.

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So silky smooth.

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Great new shop, worthy of a visit.

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Expect a small line, but Nakai is kind of out of everyone's way, so it won't be too bad.

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東京都新宿区上落合1-5-3
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Kamiochia 1-5-3
Closest station: Nakai

Open 11:00-14:30, 17:30-22:00
Sunday 11:00-16:00
Closed Mondays

1 comment:

  1. Depending on which train(s) line you ride, (if you stay in Yokohama, you can buy an 'open ticket' to either - not both, Tokyo Metro's 9 lines [which would bring you to Ochiai on the Tozai line], or Toei's 4 lines [which would bring you to Nakai on the Toei Oedo line]), this is a shack you can hit.
    Look up 'open tickets' on the internet for the details.

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