Be careful of the chashumen at Kitaotsuka. It's a lot of food, and you can't really control yourself when it comes to that mountain of meat. Old school shop on Tokyo's north side. More on the site. #北大塚ラーメン
Very impressive dinner at Inomata up in Saitama. The chef is known for aging and marinating his fish, techniques that boost and enhance some of those meaty, umami flavors that make sushi so great. He's also very into the details of each particular fishing village across Japan, and you'll get a nice lesson on why each piece is at its best on this particular day. Pictured: one-year-old pickled ginger vs fresh pickled ginger, 毛蟹-hairy crab, 鬼海老-demon shrimp(?), バフンウニ-bafun sea urchin.
According to a plethora of sources, Nagomi is the best ramen in Hyogo Prefecture. It's definitely a stellar bowl. Creamy chicken broth with 3 kinds of roast meat (chicken breast, thigh, and pork). A must if you are in the Kobe area. Prepare to wait in a long line for this lunch-only place.
The summer limited shio tsukemen is back at Hototogisu. 100% clam broth and lots of konbu seaweed. The kicker is a spoonful of 自家製燻製南高梅 - homemade wood-smoked pickled plum. Limited to 15 a day, so try and arrive at least 15 minutes before they open. July and August only.
At a local Kobe izakaya with local 唐揚げオタク (fried chicken nerd) @manamickey_kobe. The master heard us talking about ramen, so he whipped up a simple bowl. Rich chicken stock, dashi, and cabbage soup was served extra hot. Why so hot? For the plate of raw Kobe beef. Eat the meat shabushabu style. This is my new go-to spot in downtown Kobe. More on my site.
Dinner at Yama-chan's rider house. As long as you eat and drink and come on 2 wheels, you can stay for free. There are rider houses all over Japan, but most are in Hokkaido. You could spend a month on a bicycle or motorcycle and stay in a different one each night. Yama-chan is crazy, by the way.
Really tasty! To celebrate their anniversary, Dominique Ansel in Tokyo has this summer limited soft serve. Frozen watermelon with watermelon ice cream inside. It isn't sweet at all, and comes with sea salt to sprinkle on the top. The seeds are chocolate, by the way.
#スイカ #スイカアイス #watermelon
Epic bowl at Rocking Billy Super One in Hyogo. Ramen master Shimazaki-san dons his rockabilly style and serves up 比内地鶏 - premium chicken - spiked ramen that is worth a journey. He used to run the infamous 69 N Roll One in Tokyo before moving out west.
Mitsui is a new shop in the style of Shichisai; Kitakata ramen with hand pressed noodles. Simple and elegant, and just out of the sphere of Asakusa, which is the most touristy part of Tokyo these days. Small shop, so you might have to wait.