Wednesday, March 2, 2016


It's time for another trip! I visited Hiroshima a year back and had some spicy tsukemen. I went back, but this time with a goal to have more, and try some of Hiroshima's famous soupless tantanmen. I had a map of a number of places, and as soon as I arrived in Hiroshima, I aimed to start eating. The first closest place was Za Nakamura.


But they were closed. I continued searching and stumbled upon a ramen alley.


No tantanmen there, though. I tried another place.


But no luck. Finally I made my way to Kinguken, a small chain of Hiroshima tantanmen shops. I ordered the tantanmen, at level three out of five spice.


The Bowl
I like the level of simplicity that was brought to my first bowl of Hiroshima soupless tantanmen. The noodles were thin and chewy, soaked in a fine spicy oil. With each bite, the sansho's buzz could be felt more and more. As soon as I ran out of noodles, they gave me a lump of rice to put in. It lacked the punch of the noodles, but combined with the leftover oil and a bit of vinegar, it was a sweet and refreshing way to cap it off.


Would I Go Again?
Yeah, it was good. But there are also so many other places to try.


Should You Go?
If you're visiting Hiroshima, Kinguken is a solid place to try Hiroshima tantanmen.



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