Wednesday, July 18, 2007
More from Menya Shinchan
OK, this wasn't exactly the instant noodles that I was referring to last night, but the price of this meal was literally lower by a factor of ten, so I could still feel pretty guilt-free. Besides, something about the food was drawing me back here despite those mixed feelings the other day.
Perhaps it was all the signs around the shop stating that "dried sardines taste ramen is exploding [in] popularity." I was curious, so I grabbed a sardine-based bowl in the rich salt-based option, the broth of which which turned out to be thin and savory. And perhaps more importantly, the noodles were delightfully firm...almost to the point where they seemed nearly raw, but in a very good way. I think I still prefer the smokier taste of the pork-based broth, but the refreshing feel of this bowl was fitting for today.
And yes, I did finally grab the cheese gyoza, which was probably the best part of the meal tonight. The cheese wasn't in the stuffing, but rather sprinkled around in the pan. This formed a perfectly browned skin that connected the individual pieces together, and ended up tasting very much like cheese dosai. And there was even a little squirt of a Cheese Whiz-like stuff on the side of the plate for you to dip into if you want (evil laugh). My opinion of this place has taken a very abrupt turn for the better, and I'm definitely coming back for more.
Digested at 7:28 PM
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