Exclusively selected! An excellent ramen shop in Ginza: Mendokoro Ginsasa
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You will easily find Mendokoro Ginsasa because of a long line of ramen lovers in front of the shop. Despite of its appearance like a first-class Japanese restaurant, this is one of many casual and popular ramen shops, where you are required to buy a ticket from the machine to order your ramen. As they close whenever they run out of 150 portions, sometimes even before the evening hours start at 17:30, you must go earlier. Most business and salary men eat between 12:00—14:00, so the best time to visit here is 14:00—15:00, after the busiest lunch time hours and avoid a long queue.
How to enjoy eating this ramen
First, of course, enjoy the original taste of the noodles and broth. Then, add the pieces of dried seaweed to add a more Japanese punch to the flavor. Make sure not to drink up all the broth as you can save some for later to eat with your Taimeshi (rice with minced sea bream).
So are you done slurping your noodles? Then, pour the broth on Taimeshi. The ramen bowl is especially made with a pouring lip for this purpose. The lovely Japanese-style bowls show the passion of the shop owner who was originally a Japanese cuisine chef.
In the shop, you will also find an illustrated how-to-eat instructio manual in English and Japanese for your reference.
Ginsasa’s smooth, clean but rich broth is made using specially selected Okinawan kelp, Katsuobushi (dried bonito), chicken and pork bones; the soup is simmered for a day and excess oil or fat is removed or cleared from it. This meticulous, careful handling of the ingredients results into a smooth and clear broth with infused with rich chicken and pork flavors.
Softly boiled pork rib is sliced and roasted at the last minute before serving. While many other Ramen shops serve chashu (boiled pork as a topping), Ginsasa’s owner pursues the real chashu (meaning “roasted” in Chinese). Sophisticated taste of Tsumire, minced sea bream balls, tasting like something out of a kaiseki meal (assorted Japanese course) also makes Ginsasa’s ramen different from others.
Ginsasa Shio (salty) Ramen and Taimeshi
Taimeshi (350 yen) cooked with sea bream can only be ordered as a combo menu with ramen (850 yen). Smooth and al-dente noodles are generously served in portions of 150 g. The broth is smooth and clear, mostly for the taimeshi, but is at the same time, full of rich flavors, and without realizing, you will want to drain the bowl. A large chashu slice is served which is really soft and as you bring it closer to your mouth, you can get an aroma of charred pork. Ginger-flavored Tsumire perfectly combine with the broth made of seafood and meat, a so-called “double soup.”
If you were patient enough not to drink up the broth, pour it into the bowl of Taimeshi to make Tai Chazuke, and you will be surprised by the delicacy and explosion of flavors. The broth is made to match with both ramen and rice. It is not surprising that there are enthusiastic fans who come to Ginsasa three times a week.
Never skip the Taimeshi, because the combination of ramen and Taimeshi is what makes this shop worthy of a visit. If you are not a big eater, a small-sized Taimeshi (200 yen) is available.
Takashiro Sasanuma, Owner
Sasanuma has an 18-year career in Japanese cuisine. As a ramen fan, going to various ramen shops after work had been one of his hobbies when he worked for a classy Japanese restaurant. Based on his original idea of harmonizing ramen with traditional Japanese cuisine, he invented a broth good enough for both ramen and Taimeshi, and opened his own restaurant, Ginsasa.
As soon as you step foot in the shop, a nice aroma of cooking Taimeshi will stimulate your appetite. Unusual for a ramen shop, there are no counter seats in this cozy, chic, stylish shop decorated in black and vermilion, and it has a calm, relaxed ambiance. Highly acclaimed on many gourmet and travel websites, this shop has been gaining an increasing popularity.
8-min walk from A3 Exit, Tsukijishijo Station on Toei-Oedo Line or 10-min walk from Ginza Exit of JR Shimbashi Station
Mendokoro Ginsasa（麺処 銀笹）
Address：1F Fuji Bldg., 8-15-2 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo （東京都中央区銀座8-15-2 藤ビル1F）
Opening Hours：11:30—15:00 / 17:30— closes when 150 portions are sold out
Holidays：Sundays and national holidays
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