Monday, December 24, 2012


My brother had just left the land of the rising sun for New York, and just a day or two after I set out to follow him. As often happens, my flight was out of Narita Airport, so I used it as an opportunity to hit up yet another Tokyo Ramen Street shop.

Hirugao is Tokyo Ramen Street's premier shio joint. Shio is not my favorite kind of broth, and I didn't know anything extra about Hirugao, so I had been saving it for last. But finally it was time.

塩専門 ひるがお
Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1丁目9−1

The Bowl
The Hirugao-named bowl came with a whole smorgasbord of toppings. An egg, chashu, a wonton, yuzu peel, some kind of fish paste, menma, and onions. Even the noodles were covered in fishy specks! They were all solid, but the weird variety and extra good wonton pushed the bowl ahead of a generic good shio competitor.

Would I Go Again?
If I go all the way back to Tokyo, I'll probably try somewhere new.

Should You Go?
It was quite good; check it out if you're in Tokyo Ramen Street and want something light.

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