Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on October 26th, 2008
Hi Blog. I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but it’s a Sunday, I’m on the road, and stats show that this is the day when Debito.org blog gets the least hits (Monday is generally the most). So let me indulge myself with an entry today about food (hey, food discussion sites are Legion in Japan, anyway).
Quite frankly, I’m not that much a foodie. I know what I like and I generally eat that, especially since (I’m not much of a cook) if it’s just put in front of me, it’s fair game. I take my time appreciating it, especially if it’s expensive (and if a restaurant is dedicated to slow food). But I’m a person who indulges in habitual meals and comfort food (meaning lots of meat and potatoes; probably not a sustainable diet). Because of the monotony, I know certain things well (such as apples — only eat Fuji, maybe mutsu or tsugaru in a pinch — also know my spuds, soup, yakitori…), the rest, well, I’ll enjoy it but not write home about it.
But I had some ramen the other day that is worth writing home, or, rather, my blog, about. I know this is all the way up in Sapporo, but it’s really worth your time if you appreciate ramen enough to go out of your way for it. People do — lines are prevalent at this joint, and when I went past and say empty seats for a change, I had a late lunch (yes, they have parking). It was incredible.
Here’s what their main item, “Sakurajima Ramen”, looks like:
Yes, that’s chashuu at eight o’clock (more if you order Chashuu Sakurajima, not available that day), another piece of grilled pork at four o’clock, and TWO pieces of charbroiled buta no kakuni at two o’clock, with pickles and hanjuku tamago. The broth is not overbearing, either. Everything is carefully cooked and put in. My only gripe: the noodles are thin (I’m a thick noodle guy), so it’s standard passable noodle fare.
I also ordered gyouza, and here’s how it came out:
It’s PURPLE with the contents, and includes the burnt-bit excess crispy excess film (at left, on and off plate). Full of spice, gorgeous.
All that together was only 1150 yen. I spent at least 30 minutes eating it all slowly. The restaurateurs seemed appreciative.
How to get there:
Ramen gourmets, let us know your favorite local ramen shops (names, addresses, weblinks) in the Comments Section below, if you like! Arudou Debito in Tokyo