For a couple weekends, it seems my friend and I have been heading to Maizuru for their local eats, especially since he knows I like to explore new restaurants whenever possible. Sadly, there isn't much around Oi, where Rodeo Cars is located. Luckily, it's not a far drive away and a good chance to test out some of the day's car modifications in the meantime. We went to Ramen Iccho (ラーメン一丁) in Maizuru, Kyoto, for a cheap and filling fix of ramen.
Here in Japan, I've learned time and time again that cheap doesn't mean low quality. You can get some really good, cheap eats all over and here is no exception. I enjoyed their solid bowl of chashu tonkotsu ramen, overflowing with a fair amount of their thin, but decently soft and tasty chashu. The soup, though nothing particularly special, was still quite delicious and had solid umami flavor. Adding to the value, the noodles were a very reasonable portion and the set included fried chicken karage and rice sides. (Edit: 980¥ / $9 USD for the ramen, 380¥ / $3.40 USD for the chicken and rice sides.)
But the kicker to the noodles was the amazingly delicious, unlimited free kimchi. (I'll admit I wish it was spicier!) Top it off with extra sliced green onions / scallions and garlic, and you have yourself a memorably satisfying meal. Can't beat it.
@Gumshara specialises in tonkotsu ramen 🐷🍜 and their broth is the thickest I've EVER had, anywhere. It is made the traditional Japanese way using fresh pork bones and water, strictly no MSG. The richness comes from bone marrow, which contains lots of collagen and that's what makes the soup... souper thick!
When I say thick I don't just mean thicker than average. I'm talking leaving-it-out-for-2-minutes-and-the-surface-congealed kind of thick 🐷😮. The broth was visibly unique, greyer than every tonkotsu broth I'd ever seen and filled the air with pure pork aroma. The texture wasn't smooth and I didn't expect it to be, not with the amount of fat and marrow extracted from the bones. The taste was buttery and so concentrated of pork flavour that if I had to describe it, it would be like eating a piece of pork in liquid form 🐽. Yes it is THAT pure. I opted for the "less salt" option, with thin noodles and found everything spot-on. It would have been too salty otherwise and thin noodles were ideal for such rich broth.
Ian scored himself the pork rib ramen 🍖 but that didn't go too well. The broth itself wasn't salty (less salt FTW) but the ribs were, extremely, and they sort of ruined it for us 😣. I had to rush eating them and use the broth to wash the salt down. Having said that we loved the chewy cartilages but the meat was soft in some parts and tough in others. I also would prefer thin noodles as these thick ones became too much towards the end.
Yes, it was the purest, richest, thickest, most special and unique tonkotsu broth EVER but I wouldn't call it the best. Sometimes less is more and although I thoroughly enjoyed my ramen, I wouldn't be able to have it everyday 😅. Hats off to the chefs though, they have created a masterpiece that is like no other and it certainly has its own niche.
PS: Thick soup is not available between 3-5pm because that's when they take old bones out and put new ones in, to make new soup for dinner time. 🍜🔽
. 👅 Tonkotsu // 💸 $12
. 👅 Pork Spare rib // 💸 $17.5
. 🏠 Gumshara
. 📍 25-29 Dixon St EATING WORLD FC
. 🕦 11.30am - 8.30pm
. 💭 ☑️☑️
Miso ramen y Tonkotsu ramen son dos tipos de ramen japonés. En Hachiro Shoten fusionan los dos tipos para crear su propio Tonkotsu-miso ramen. Teníamos ganas de probar una de estas fusiones de ramen y la verdad es que nos ecanto, el caldo tenia un rico sabor a miso y cerdo y es un poco mas espeso que en los ramen mas comunes. Toda una sorpresa ramen, tenéis que probarlo! ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
Miso ramen and Tonkotsu ramen are two types of Japanese ramen. In Hachiro Shoten they merge these two types to create their own Tonkotsu-miso ramen. We wanted to try one of these ramen fusions and the truth is that we love it, the broth had a rich flavor of miso and pork and is a little thicker than in the most common ramen. A surprise ramen, you have to try it! #ramen#tonkotsuramen#tokyo#kemafoodculture
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