Monday, October 23, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 4

Another trip to the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle! This time just a stop at Musashi.


The Bowl
This was a standard miso, rich with the taste of the menma that came in chewy strips and was scattered about the bowl. The noodles were curly, yellow, and full of bounce. Overall this was no standout bowl, but it was a nice break from some of the other ramen I had tried at the festival.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 3

Day 3 of the Tenkatoitusu Ramen Battle! First up was Onomichi ramen Koh.


The Bowl
It turns out that thin, hoison sauce-tasting shoyu broth warms you quite up on a cold day. There was just a bit of pork back fat, much less than the bowls I had in Onomichi. This worked out though, as it left me satisfied and hungry for another bowl.


My next bowl was at Gachinko Ramen Michi Hiiragi.

次にがちんこらーめん道 柊に行きました。

The Bowl
A meat-laden shish kebab? Now that's what I call ramen. The soup here was like liquid fat with a dose of garlic. I don't know if it was made to be drank, but it worked well as a dipping oil for the various meats and veggies that came with the dish. Not too surprising, the crispy skinned karaage and fatty square of bacon were the highlights.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 2

Day 2 at the Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle. Let's get into it then.


First up was golden chicken chuka soba from Yamagata Shinshunya.


The Bowl
A light, shoyu broth with the simple taste of chicken oil glazing the top, topped off with a dash of pepper. The noodles were fat and curly, and they worked well despite the simplicity of the broth. Chewy bits of motsu closed off the bowl.


Bowl number two was Keika Ramen from Kumamoto.


The Bowl
Even though I haven't been to Kumamoto, I'm familiar with the style. Garlicky tonkotsu with a hard-boiled egg plopped right in the middle. Cabbage, seaweed, and most scrumptiously thick slices of chashu with charred edges.



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tenkatoitsu Ramen Battle - Day 1

Ramen festivals in Nishiumeda have started to become an annual event. They happen to be very convenient for me, so whenever they occur I make frequent trips to them.


First up was Ganja's seafood tonkotsu chashu ramen.


The Bowl
A nice, cloudy fishy bowl to warm my spirits at the first day at this festival. Nothing is more welcoming in a bowl than a large slice of chashu, fresh with grill marks.



Hey, what's my name doing on there?