Fuunji – Shinjuku, Tokyo

Initially, Kavita and I came for Fuunji’s renowned tsukemen, a plate of noodles with a small bowl of thick sauce for dipping.  Then my complete lack of any Japanese language whatsoever finally became an issue when neither of the tickets that I chose from the vending machine turned out to be tsukemen.  Oops?DSC_0591But at Fuunji, it didn’t really matter.  The house special ramen was phenomenal, with a mindnumbing depth of fishy, brothy richness.  Topped with a generous dose of chopped scallions, the bowl arrived steaming hot with a few fatty slices of pork and crunchy bamboo shoots, as well as an oil-sheened egg.  I churned the noodles a bit, took one slurp-bite, and literally did not look up until I was finished.

House of Haos Fuunji Shibuya Tokyo Ramen House of Haos Fuunji Shibuya Tokyo Ramen 2 House of Haos Fuunji Shibuya Tokyo EggUnlike the thin, hard-cooked noodles that came with the shoyu ramen at Afuri, these noodles were springy and heavy, soaking up the broth.  The egg was also a must-have, delectably salty, yet light by comparison to the rest of the fish-infused bowl.IMG_1019Fuunji (風雲児) Hokuto first 2-14-3 1F, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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