Tonkatsu Tonkotsu Ramen at Ichiban Tei
Just the other day, there was a discussion about the difference between tonkatsu and tonkotsu, and I wondered to myself if anyone had actually tried creating tonkatsu ramen instead. Well, whaddya know...the special menu at Ichiban Tei tonight featured tonkatsu tonkotsu ramen, thus bringing both into one bowl. It pretty much tasted exactly like one would imagine it to be: a deep fried piece of tonkatsu pork cutlet sitting on top of a bowl of tonkotsu pork bone broth noodles, with the pork all the while getting soggier the longer it sat in the bowl. The broth here, while still tastily rich, was thinner than Hakata's and thus a tad less favorable in my opinion (I guess there's the answer to the shootout suggested between Hakata and Ichiban Tei then).
The daikon sarada here was also a bit of a letdown, with the daikon cut almost as thick as McDonald's French Fries (ironically enough, this thing featured shoestring potatoes on top) and with a dressing that paled with others. Oh well. It was interesting to see tonkatsu ramen anyway.