Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bikkuri Gamu Chanpon

It had not escaped me that a few months back, a ramen place with the strange name Bikkuri Gamu Chanpon opened up right by where I used to live in Daikokucho. It piqued my curiosity, and it was close enough, but it was only open for lunch. One day out of the blue they announced it would finally be open for dinner as well, and off I was.

Bikkuri Gamu Chanpon offered a varied menu of different appetizers and bowls of ramen, but unfortunately most of that, at the time I visited, was only available during lunch. The goal of the shop was to not just offer Japanese ramen, but have their dishes inspired by various Asian foods. The recommended bowl they had at night was the tori shio ichiban shibori ramen, which they told me was vaguely inspired by Vietnamese and Thai noodle soups.



Feels kind of American?
The Bowl
Although at first glance the chicken ramen looked similar to creamy types like Bokkoshi, standard Japanese ramen this was not. The yellow broth had a much more sour, pickle-y taste. If I was ready for it I might have appreciated it, but expecting more standard soup I was a little taken aback. The soup was littered with other different forms of chicken, too: a flavorful meatball, very simple chicken slices, and ground chicken to top it all off.


Would I Go Again?
This dish didn't sit quite right with me, but I'd like to go and try their other various offerings.


Should You Go?
If you're looking for something that's a little different, it's worth a look and is in a convenient location.



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