December 19, 2006

Kamukura Ramen

This ramen (Chinese noodle) shop in Kabukicho in Shinjuku is unlike any other ramen shop I've been to. To start with, the decor is really trendy, and it's bright and spacious, whereas most ramen shops tend to be much smaller affairs where you have to breathe in to let other customers pass behind you when you're sat at the counter.

The decor isn't the only thing that sets this shop apart, however. The Kamukura chain (apparently it started in Osaka) is known for its unique tasting noodles. The broth they come in is thinner and less oily than in more standard ramen shops, the pork is sliced thinner (which almost makes it melt in your mouth) and rather than bean sprouts, the broth is packed ith Chinese cabbage (hakusai). Delicious!

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