Chapter 4 – 大勝軒 Taishoken

Times flies -it’s been one goooood, loooong a month and a week vacation. It is almost too long that at times I feel like I became an useless person already. But I’m happy to say I’m free of jetlag, fully recharged and excited to start working again on Monday!Today’s been a very fulfilling day where I played four hours of basketball, studied for the new job, worked on my restaurant business with cofounders and our lawyer and watched Toronto stole one from Cleveland (NBA). I’m glad that my physique (measured at 155.6lbs yesterday morning, the lightest I’ve been since freshman year) and bball skills are slowly coming back. Even though not at 100% yet, once I get them sexy ass Stephen Curry kicks, I should be at least 90% hahaha!

Anyway, the noodles today is a special type of ramen more commonly known as tsukemen, which literally means dipping noodles. Tsukeru = To dip. Men = Noodles. And apparently, this store claimed to be the inventor of the original tsukemen, which I didn’t find out until 10 minutes ago hahaha! The original and main store is in Ikebukuro in Tokyo, but ironically I went to the branch all the way in Kyoto during my short four-day Kansai expedition.

It was my first day there in Kansai. I took the night bus and got to Kyoto at 5:30am. Did a little sightseeing at Fushimi-Inari Taisha before I met up with two friends (my ex-coworker and his girlfriend) for lunch. Initially, we were thinking about going to Nakamura Tōkichi, a notoriously famous traditional Japanese sweets restaurant. But probably cuz of Golden Week (a one week holiday in the beginning of May in Japan), the wait was 90 minutes. Since I’m a ramen vagabond and not a sweets vagabond, I did the one and only logical thing – went for ramens instead.

My friends and I found Taishoken in Kyoto Ramen Kouji. It’s on the 10F of Kyoto station, kind of like the Tokyo Ramen Street I introduced in chapter 3, where there’s a bunch of different variety of ramen restaurants. The girlfriend wanted tsukemen so we decided on this spot. In the end, I think we still ended up waiting for 20 minutes, thanks to stupid GW… but the tsukemen was very dope just as any other tsukemens I’ve had in Tokyo. The seafood soup was warmer than usual tsukemen soups though, which I really liked as I always like my food burning hot in my mouth. Also, the noodles were very thick and chewy. In most cases, I believe tsukemens are thicker than traditional ramens, so if you ever crave for a little change, I’d say definitely try them out!









濃厚魚介つけ麺 並 Noukougyokai Tsukemen ¥880

京都府京都市下京区東塩小路町901 京都駅ビル10F 京都拉麺小路店 内


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