Sunday, November 13, 2011

Iroha's Mala Miso Ramen at Isetan

Mala Miso Ramen

Interesting - Menya Iroha had a temporary stand set up at Isetan again this year, despite having a proper stall over at Ramen Champion, where we were last night. And Kurihara-san himself was here this afternoon, perhaps because it was the last day of the fair.

The only thing they were offering here besides his signature black shoyu ramen was this mala miso ramen. I'm not sure if it's the same as the spicy version available at Ramen Champion, but I was a bit bummed to find that it was just miso ramen with some dabs of red chili oil on top (the word "mala" suggested to me that maybe it'd be something more sansho-flavored instead).

Well, the good thing was that it was still that high Iroha-quality miso ramen underneath. So in that sense there was nothing to complain about. But just throwing a scoop of simple rayu on top doesn't do it for me; it's for that same reason that I was so disappointed with the red version at Keisuke's Tonkotsu King too.

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