Saturday, May 13, 2006

★★★ 味噌一 (Miso-ichi) - Tokyo

Miso-ichi is a ramen chain in the Tokyo area that focuses on miso flavored ramen only. Miso ramen has its roots in Sapporo city in the northern part of Japan, with corn and sometimes a slice of butter being the unique toppings only for miso ramen. This day I ordered the standard 味噌一らーめん (Miso-ichi ramen).

The Soup - is a thick blend of miso, ground sesame and many spices. When ordering the soup you can specify how spicy you want it, the default is non spicy, ピリ辛 (piri-kara, is hot), 火吹 (hi-fuki, is very hot), and 爆発 (bakuhatsu, is "get your photo posted on the wall" hot). Don't order anything hotter than piri-kara if you like to taste your ramen.

The Noodles - are slightly flat, straight noodles. The noodles are cooked quite firm. There also seems to be more weight to these noodles as well, making them a little chewier.

The Toppings - are stir-fried bean sprouts, cha-su pork, some corn, and wakame seaweed. You can order extra toppings as well, of which I recommend the negi green onions that goes really well with the miso soup.

Overall - I highly recommend this place. I simply don't know of that many ramen places that only serve miso ramen, therefore I don't have much experience with this type of ramen. All I know is that this place was delicious, a flavor that stands out among the saturation of tonkotsu flavored ramen in the Tokyo area.


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