After we had our fill of the Sanja Matsuri festival, we had lunch at the first of many ramen restaurants in what Ev coined our “Ramen Tour” of Japan.  Ev was on a mission to find us the best noodles in Japan, and Kikanbo was the first on his list.
DSC09696Approximately a 3 minute walk away from the Kanda station, Kikanbo is known for its spicy miso ramen. The spiciness of Kikanbo’s ramen comes from two types of spice – “kara” and “shibi.”  Kara refers to the chili heat and shibi refers to a numbing  pepper mix, which is a  Japanese version of the Chinese sichuan pepper.  DSC09690Ev and I both ordered the Spicy Miso Ramen Special, which was the top-left corner button on the vending machine menu.  We got our tickets from the vending machine and stood in line for our turn to get into the restaurant.  When we sat down, the wait staff asked us to choose our level of kara and shibi on a scale of 1 to 5.   Because I had to share with Connor, I ordered no spice, and Ev ordered 2 for each or “futsu-futsu,” which is a medium spiciness.DSC09695Our Spicy Miso Ramen Special had chashu pork, bean sprouts, green onions, baby corn, and a soft boiled egg.  Even without the spice, my ramen broth was really good, the noodles had the perfect amount of chew, and the chashu pork was tender and literally melted in my mouth.  26764393743_0da9796b3c_kEv’s ramen broth was equally amazing and his broth was one of the best miso broth I’ve ever had.  Overall, I would definitely recommend Kikanbo.  I get hungry just looking at these pictures.
2-10-9 Kaji-cho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo  鍛冶町2-10-9
Monday – Saturday:  11 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday:  11am – 4:00 pm


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