Thursday, November 16, 2017

麺屋福丸 (Fukumaru in Sasazuka)

麺屋福丸

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Duck ramen. Is this the latest trend in Japan? I'm seeing more and more shops popping up that either focus on a duck-based soup, or offer a once-a-week limited "duck day" to customers.

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Fukumaru opened in June of 2017, and boast a duck soup using famous Iwate Prefecture fowl.

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Other ingredients to consider are Tokyo craft soy sauce and a homemade duck oil.

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The upper-left on the ticket machine is for the shoyu ramen. I love the use of duck oil. Many bowls of ramen in Japan use chicken oil, giving a golden sheen to the top of the soup, and adding a lot of chickeny umami. Duck oil is like chicken oil on steroids. It can be heavy if not done right. Fukumaru does it right.

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Though the shoyu was great, the paitan was the one that blew me away. The same stock is cooked over a stronger heat, drawing more collagen out of the duck bones. The end product is a creamy duck broth that was unlike anything I had had before. Again, I'll use the analogy; duck soup is like chicken soup on steroids.

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And, yes, is has a bit of that amazing duck oil.

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From left to right; Soy sauce, creamy, tsukemen, spicy tsukemen.

Cute baby seats!

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This is one of my rookie of the year picks for sure!

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東京都渋谷区幡ヶ谷1-9-6
Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Hatagaya 1-9-6
Closest station: Sasazuka

Open 11:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00
Sunday 11:00-22:00
Closed Mondays

1 comment:

  1. Dude been wanting to try duck soup ramen there. Hoping to try this on my next visit. Glistening duck oil looks amazing.

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