Monday, October 27, 2014

Hototogisu, Tokyo (Ramen)

Day two of the Tokyo holidays - we woke up early to trek to Hatagaya (2 stops from Shinjuku station) to try this famed ramen, apparently made from clams which is quite rare even for the Japanese. 

Hatagaya's an interesting neighbourhood; very quaint, suburban and not many tourists abound. In fact, it was so residential that we heard a domestic squabble around the corner from the ramen joint whilst we were queuing. It was interesting - all of us were listening. Of course, as it was in Japanese, I couldn't decipher a thing. But it was certainly interesting. The wife sounded almost like PRC-eseque in style.

Anyway, back to the ramen. After waiting in line for about 15 minutes, we were ushered into a small L-shaped area with only counter-seating and maybe 7 seats. We ordered the shoyu clam ramen with the pork and negi. 

And how was it? Excellent. Full of umami flavour; quite light, full of umami; and with some complexity from the clams. Delicious and light that you could drink the entire thing. I wasn't a fan of the noodles as I prefer harder noodles but this was pretty good for what it is. (8/10)

Was it the best bowl of ramen I had? Nope! I had one more later - catch the later blog post to find out more!

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