Noodles and soup. Nothing else.
I was in Akihabara over the weekend for an exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. Usually when I’m out and about I do a quick search to see if there are any highly rated ramen places in the area. My search of Akihabara threw up a few options, but one shop in particular caught my attention as I’d been meaning to try it for a while now.
I first read about Shinosoba Tanaka Second (志奈そば 田なか Second) on the Ramen Adventures blog. I remember reading specifically about the shop’s kakesoba, ramen with nothing but soup and noodles. No toppings. No soft-boiled egg. No chashu. Nothing. What immediately struck me was the balls the chef must have to put such a dish on the menu; to have total confidence that the soup will speak for itself. The bowl is strictly limited to 30 servings a day. What’s more, at ¥1000 (£7.50) it’s at the higher end of the ramen price tag.
So I went. And I tried it. And it was amazing. The soup is made with Japanese abalone and spiny lobster, and tastes like the sea. The flavour is actually almost indescribable; the epitome of umami – a Japanese word which can be translated as “pleasant savory taste.” Seriously, if you are ever in Akihabara give it a try. It’s near perfection in a bowl. Also check out the video from Tokyo Extra below if you aren’t drooling enough. (I tried the rice suggestion at the end of the video too, amazing!)
Tanaka Second 東京都千代田区外神田3-4-1
Tokyo, Chioda-ku, Sotokanda 3-4-1
Closest station: Akihabara
Open 11:00-15:30, 17:00-21:00
*Go there for opening time if you want the kakesoba like I did.
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