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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

AKASAKA: Kyushu Jangara Ramen... dragged out for some Tonkotsu ラーメン !!

MBA classmates were in town for a wedding and on the last day I was asked to join for Tony's favorite ramen in Akasaka... we were the first to enter at 11am on a very cool Tokyo afternoon.

As we stood outside deciding what to order the waitress popped out and gave us an English menu...

Menu's were also in Korean and Chinese!  First time to see this.

One chef, one waiter and one lady at the register.

All counter seating...

Pictures of little toppings and also different seasoned rice bowls.

I joined Tony and Robert for their recommended "C - Bonshan (white soup) with flavored boiled egg and chunks of marinated pork."  We switched the boiled egg to the semi-boiled egg (Hanjuku-Tamago).

And there it is! 1,000yen in all its glory! It was unusually small.. I have never seen ramen in such a tiny bowl before.  Tasted the soup first, it wasn't the heavy oily flavor I expected but rather a light low-impact taste... 

The noodles were very thin... 

Half boiled egg tasty...

The boys mentioned that the flavor at night was better than in the early afternoon.  Seems the longer the soup sits the more flavor it accumulates thru the day... and of course Ramen always tastes best after a night of beers in Tokyo, unless its Ramen Jiro in Jimbocho! 

Quick pic of the Shop hours.

For 1,000yen my ramen was quite unmemorable and would suggest going to checking out one of Hakata Tenjin's (博多天神) 500yen tonkotsu ramen shops scattered throughout Tokyo as an affordable alternative.

Shop: Kyushu Jangara Ramen Akasaka Branch
Address J: 東京都港区赤坂2-15-15
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Akasaka 2-15-15

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