Monday, November 16, 2009

Toki Ramen, Kanda (斗樹)

Hey, I'm feeling kinda sick today, so let me keep this to a minimum, OK?

My project to enjoy tsukemen continues (there was the shared snack bowl yesterday that didn't even make it to a post, but should have) with a Kanda location that's right next to Y's Ramen. Judging by the t-shirt of the chef, which said "owner" on the back, I'd say it's a one off, and I'd also say I liked its rustic, Japanese-ski-lodge atmosphere. Almost a mountain soba shop decoration scheme.

The specialty item on the menu is tsukemen (but they have ramen options too). It's really interesting - based on pork bones, but light, somewhat sweet, and very spicy. It really tasted Thai to me, but the chef was amused when I asked if there was coriander in it. The web site says their soup is a blend of two, one that's simmered for 20 hours and another that's done for 7 hours. You have to love dedication like that, no?

The noodles were soft and kinda watery, but the soup made it all happen for me, and that puts this in a higher class of ramen. You might prefer to try the regular ramen if you visit, but the very thin, rolled chashu slices weren't much to my liking either. Good soup!

Sometimes.
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