Thursday, December 29, 2011

麺処 井の庄 - Inoshou, Shakuji Koen

味玉つけ麺 - Tsukemen with Egg, ¥880

    In the unlikely event that you find yourself both in Shakuji Koen and in need of a quick bowl of ramen then Inoshou is probably the place for you. Despite the drab exterior the large brick building that houses Inoshou is an entertainment district of sorts with a couple of pachinko parlours and a convenience store. Inoshou is in the basement.

   There will likely be a little wait when you get here - it's a pretty highly rated shop - but it shouldn't be more than a few minutes. You'll also be asked whether you want chumori or atsumori, hot or cold noodles. I went for the cold. The oddly shaped counter leaves a few empty spaces that they thankfully don't try to squeeze a couple of extra seats into. Of course this meant that the condiments and tissues were about one metre directly in front of me.

    I can see why this ramen is currently rated in the Top 20 in Ramen Walker magazine as everything about it was great. Though I would say that the noodles cooled the soup down quite quickly. Perhaps you can try the atsumori... The fatty chunks of chashu were different to what I usually see with tsukemen but everything in this dish complimented something else.

   The soup wari was one of the best I've had and added a little spice to it. Maybe it was channeling their other tsukemen which is an out-and-out spicy dish (辛辛). It's little a fun too as the staff trust you to do it yourself.

   So it's another tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen that I've tried here. But I would say that it's definitely one of the most unique. Definitely worth a try if you're into that kind of thing...

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