2.140 Tonkotsu Ramen with Chashu


25 (Wed) May 2011

Tonkotsu Ramen with Chashu


at Kamamarui

-Sinchon, Seodaemun, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with MtG, CBD

Tonkotsu Ramen is a Japanese dish.   Consists of a thick, milky broth made from boiling pork bones, meat, fat, and other piggy goodies for an extended period of time, ideally for a minimum of 3 days if done right, resulting in a rich, intensely pork flavor.  Toppings typically include bean sprouts, scallions, garlic, and ginger, all of which balance out the creaminess of the broth. In some cases, the dish is additionally topped with meat, such as sliced barbecue pork chashu (from the Chinese “char siu”).

Kamamarui is a Japanese restaurant.  Specializes in tonkotsu ramen.

This small ramen joint does it right, nearly to perfection.  The only drawback being a slightly over-porky aftertaste.  Clearly, the owner tries to get it right, from the food down to every last detail in the establishment: the ticket vending machine (so the chefs don’t have to touch money), the imported Japanese sauces, the handcut bamboo chopsticks.  Overall, an excellent and authentic ramen experience.

After dinner, friends insisted that we drive out to the riverside park and perform a ritual to bestow good luck on my new car: Land Rover Discovery 4.
The ritual, something like a christening ceremony for boats with shamanistic origins, involves offers of food and booze and money to the spirits and bowing and entreatments for safe journeys and dousing the tires in the booze.
The participants finish off the food and booze, while the owner of the vehicle keeps the money, which offsets the initial purchase of the food and booze. A win-win.

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