Thursday, May 25, 2006

★★★ 中華蕎麦 ぷかぷか (Puka-puka) - Tokyo

Puka-Puka is another ramen store produced by the famous Watanabe-san, who is also responsible for other famous ramen stores such as Watanabe and Zou-Roku. On this day I tried the ラーメン(塩) or (salt ramen).

The Soup - is a rich chicken soup that also has hints of Japanese dried bonito. The soup is has a few drops of garlic flavored oil but overall a relatively light soup, maybe a little too light... I've seen a lot of places that blend heavy tonkotsu soup with fish stock, but Puka-puka's choice of chicken stock instead of tonkotsu is quite refreshing.

The Noodles - are medium thickness straight noodles, cooked to regular firmness. Delicious but nothing spectacular.

The Toppings - are cha-shu pork, menma bamboo, and dried seaweed. The cha-shu was very tender, very flavorful, adds a nice punch to this otherwise relatively reserved ramen. The menma was crunchy and good too.

Overall - A great ramen, but I recommend you get the チャーシュー麺(醤油)or (shoyu cha-shu ramen). The shoyu or soy sauce flavored ramen was a better match to this ramen than the salt flavored which I ordered. Plus the lighter soup might be healthier than other ramen places, but I found myself craving more which the extra slices of cha-shu pork might fix. Puka-puka is located near 中目黒 (naka meguro) station.


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